According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, only 21 percent of adults in the U.S. are meeting the weekly guidelines for exercise.
Not only are many people too busy to exercise, but the number is probably even lower in the winter months, when the weather is colder and people fall ill during cold and flu season.
Working in workouts
Now that spring and warmer weather are approaching, following are five seamless ways to incorporate exercise into a busy schedule.
• Leverage online workout videos or apps. There are many great fitness apps – MyFitnessPal, Nike+ Run Club and Strava – YouTube videos and other online workout subscriptions that provide 20- to 30-minute workouts, training tips, tracking capabilities and online communities. Your workouts can be done from the comfort of your own home, outside, before or after work or throughout the day from your tablet or mobile device. These options provide variety, convenience and mobility to work out whenever and wherever you can fit it in. If you’re looking for some free online workouts, visit my Passion Fit YouTube channel at youtube.com/passionfitllc.
• Take phone calls, read emails or watch shows from your mobile device while you use workout equipment at home. You can complete other tasks while you exercise by investing in at-home equipment such as a stationary bike, elliptical machine or treadmill. While you’re exercising, you can use your mobile devices to work or be entertained. This option may be helpful when you’re lacking time or motivation to exercise and want or need to do other activities instead.
• Find a fitness class you can take at a nearby studio or gym or go running a few times a week with your significant other or friends. It’s always fun and motivating to fit in workouts in person with others, so find conveniently located gyms, studios or running courses near your home and exercise with others – and hold one another accountable. If you’re looking for some new classes to try, I offer high-energy Passion Fit fitness and dance classes 9 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at Areté Dance Center, 979 Fremont Ave., Los Altos. For more information, visit passionfit.com/classes.
• Play with your kids and be active at the park. If you’re a parent who lacks time to exercise because you don’t want to sacrifice quality time with the kids, then get active with them at the park. You can jump, climb or run around with them, which will burn calories, cause you to break out in a sweat and show your kids how much you value being active and spending time with them.
• Wear a device to track your steps and calories burned throughout the day. Use a Fitbit, Apple Watch or other device so that you are more aware of your activity level throughout the day. It should inspire you to walk more, take the stairs and be more active in general. Knowledge is power, and tracking your activity and results can be extremely helpful and encourage you to develop an active, healthy mindset.
No matter how busy you are, there are many creative ways to fit workouts into your week so that you can get in shape for spring, be more active, feel and function better and experience a sense of renewal.
Reena Vokoun is owner of the Los Altos-based Passion Fit. For more information, visit passionfit.com.