5 Ways To Get Fit On The Go


5 Easy Ways to Get Fit In The Go

If you’re anything like me you have tons of fitness goals for the new year. The time off during the holidays paired with our New Year resolutions lead to a renewed sense of structure and the desire to add fitness to our To-Do Lists. Unfortunately, desire doesn’t always equal doing when the year starts rolling. Once the holidays are over things start to pick up again. You’ve got those To-Do Lists checked and your planner usage is in full swing, but you realize that your calendar is also starting to fill up and all of those fitness plans are getting placed a little lower on the priority list.  It would be easy for me to say that you’ve got to make time and that your health is important but you already know that, so here’s some real talk about how to squeeze it in. 

The Big Squeeze

Here are 5 things I’ve done to squeeze in my workouts while being a busy person on the go.

Schedule workouts early in the morning or right after you get off-When my schedule is full it works best for me to do my workouts first thing in the morning or at the end of my workday. Making a 7:15PM class is very unlikely once I finally kick off my heels and put my feet up. So making sure I attach it to my workday has worked for me. It’s thirty minutes that I pencil in my schedule as a before or after work activity. This makes it more of a must do for me. 

Add quick 60 second workouts you can do at home everyday like squats while brushing my teeth or twice a day planks. These are things I swear by. I have a friend who while traveling had an alarm go off at a random time. “It’s my reminder to do pushups.” she said. Genius… set an alarm for planks, pushups or squats and take 60 second breaks to get those in. Offices, hotel rooms, and home sweet home-this works!

Wear a fitness tracker and get those steps in at work, while walking the dog and walking with your kids. Better than an accountability partner, find someone to compete with. I have a friend who I check steps with. We check in with each other to see if we both hit our goal for the day. Knowing that she would text me to see how many steps i’d taken made me add walks around the office building, flights of stair and laps around the neighborhood. Knowing that she would also report how many steps she’d racked up helped me kick it up a notch too. Friendly competition can be a good thing.

Tie workouts to a guilty pleasure– I love to read but I am one of those people who also doesn’t mind walking on the treadmill and reading. This helps me kill two birds with one stone. I get my reading in and my steps. Ive also been known to catch up on Netlfix shows that are not so family friendly (or boring to everyone else in my family) while walking on the treadmill. This keeps me up to date on the things I like to bingewatch and cuts down on the mortified looks or eyeball rolls during my favorite shows. 

Make it fun-You name it I’ve tried it. I love workouts that are fun! Off beat Zumba,  awkward boxing, silly hoola hooping…It doesn’t have to be hard to see results. Just move and you get bonus points if you do something that makes you laugh hysterically while doing it. 

I’d love to hear what you do to ensure you keep up with your workouts when life gets hectic too!

Until Next post,

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Tonya Parker is a counselor, author and certified life coach who believes in helping women look and feel their best! Ambassador for O, The Oprah Magazine and author of Single Mom Chic

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