Creative Ways To Fit In Exercise Every Day

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How many times do you hear this, you must get at least 45-60 minutes in of exercise every single day? Well for the people who feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day…..sparing those precious hours to exercise, for most of us, the first thing to hit the chopping block is the exercise.  I’m going to share with you my ways to fit in exercise on a daily basis. I have been so crazy with work lately that making an hour class sometimes doesn’t happen. So I’m going to share the secret with you for getting in that 45-60 minutes of exercise.

Creative Ways To Fit In Exercise Every Day

Ways to fit in exercise

Split it up.

That’s right.  You don’t have to commit to it all at once.  15 minutes here and there, throughout the day and you are done.

Before you leave the house either sweat or stretch it out.

Do a yoga sequence to get your stretching and mindfulness.  Or do a quick burst to get your heart pumping and sweat on.  I have been doing this burner in the morning that I just put together.  Feel free to repeat up to 3 times with a 2 minute break in between.Morning Workout Sequence

Start a challenge with your significant other/friends/family

Have a way to track this.  I use fitness apps on my phone and now I have a fitbit challenge going with a few of you!  Want to join??  Hit me up!  I even went for a run outside last night because my fitbit doesn’t count my barre classes as steps and I can’t keep letting my sister school me every day.

Pack your clothes or sneaks with you and get outside on your lunch break.

Can’t get outside?  Do you have stairs in your building?  Sometimes I’ll do squats or a few barre exercises at my desk if I can’t escape outside in order to find creative ways to fit in exercise.

If you are lucky enough to fit in a class or workout after your day, my number one rule is back your clothes.  If you go home….it’s not going to happen.  The other thing I have started to incorporate is an accountable workout partner.  “AMANDA MEET ME AT 545 BARRE CLASS”…..that definitely helps you stay accountability and on track.  I will see you at class tonight Abbey!

If that doesn’t happen do your quick workout right when you get home.  The minute you sit on the couch it’s over.  Which leads me to my next point.

If you can’t make it to the gym.  Do an at home work out.

Remember this post where I made a 7 day workout plan for you with all at home workouts?  No excuses right?  Check it out here.  It is some of my favorite workouts to do at home.

7 days of workouts

Those are the ways the serial always busy person over here gets those minutes in your ways to fit in exercise.  At the end of the day it’s not about “being skinny” it’s about exercising your heart and staying healthy.  Plus, that mid day break really helps clear your head and get you back into a better mindset for your job.  What ways do you try to incorporate exercise into your daily life?  What tricks and tips works for you?

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39 responses to “Creative Ways To Fit In Exercise Every Day”

  1. These are great tips! You are so right, once I sit down on the couch after work I am done. haha

    Her Heartland Soul

  2. Love this! I totally work out at my desk. I do chair squats and scissor kicks and I try to do calf raises on the stairs. Sometimes you just gotta fit it in where you can!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  3. I usually take the stairs at work if I know getting the gym is not an option! I also really like doing the 7 minute workout because it’s the most intense 7 min and i end up wanting to do at least two sequences! I like the idea of doing squats but my office has glass windows so that would be interesting lol! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  4. Pinky says:

    We’ve talked about ‘sweating’ everyday and being healthy verses skinny and I wish people understood that better. Our heart needs to work and get exercise everyday so it’s the lil things we can to do stay ‘healthy’ not skinny! I try to park far away from wherever I need to go just to get that lil bit of exercise. I like this sneaky list, very smart, lady!

  5. Heather H says:

    I take the bus home after work, but I find I am always waiting for it & I usually have to connect to another bus part way. One thing I’ve been doing lately (which isn’t for everyone) is running to my 2nd bus stop connection – so I run for about 20-30 mins with my backpack on, and then get on a bus to go the rest of the way home. It actually saves me a bit of time, and it’s time that I would otherwise just be “wasting” :) I also always have runners and workout clothes at work in case I can get out at lunch time :)

  6. That’s a great idea to break it up… 15 minutes here and there is much easier to schedule… Even if it is just a few squats!!

  7. Myra says:

    love these tips! I do the split working out thing now and again and it’s great!

  8. Jenn says:

    I think these are all great tips! I also think that if you have a relative routine with your day, you scheduled the workouts at the same time every day, so it’s just PART of your routine, and not something you have to make room for in an already busy schedule :)

  9. I totally just took this to heart and did two sequences of my 7 minute workout this morning – I have an event tonight and I couldn’t make it out of bed for the gym, but I had to do something! I also take the stairs at work if I can’t get to the gym :) Great post girl! xo, biana –BlovedBoston

  10. Fantastic tips! I’ve been trying to incorporate more fitness into my desk job where I can, which has meant taking the stairs and taking some lunchtime power walks…every little bit helps!

  11. So many great tips here! I know for myself, if I don’t exercise in the morning, it’s just not happening that day!! Love the idea of getting it done before you’re out the door!

  12. these are all great tips! excuses are an easy thing and i do it all too often. i am better when i give myself baby goals and then work up from there. i also hate how fitbit doesn’t track yoga class. i need it to tell me i burned a million calories bc it’s not like i did nothing! ha. i’m gonna pin this post girl. xo

  13. Look at us with our fitness posts today! ;-) I’m glad that you said that it’s about being healthy not about being skinny. Sometimes I think that people think that is only reason to work out. Anyway… I prefer to work out in the morning because it lifts my mood and I feel more motivated. Thank you for sharing all of this and I’ll be thinking of you when I’m at the gym this morning!! :-)

  14. Christina says:

    I love the idea of challenging your friends or family! Great tips :)

  15. Marie says:

    Such great tips. I take the stairs as much as I can and always try to go for a walk at lunch time.

  16. Lauren says:

    These are such great tips!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  17. Jessica says:

    Love this inspiration. I need to make more of an everyday commitment. I’m more of an every other day girl… but I know I should be more motivated. Sounds weird, but it’s hard getting motivated working from home!

  18. Back when I had a life that didn’t involve poop or snot, I worked on the 25 floor. I’d get off 10 floors early and walk up the rest every time! I’d also get up periodically and do a few flights just to get the blood flowing since it’s bad to sit for longer than 30 mins. This was in addition to my workouts! When I moved up the ranks and got my own office, I’d shut the door and practice doing yoga headstands too. All of it made my day go by faster and got the blood pumping at work, two very important things! Making it to the gym/yoga studio/barre class has never been a challenge for me, but I’m always looking for creative ways to move throughout the day in addition to that. Now, of course, I just lug my 30 pound one year old everywhere ;)

  19. What awesome fitness tips! Love you AM sweat session list!! So doable but effective! I’m definitely going to try it!! Great post as always!!!!


  20. Brittany says:

    Great tips! I agree it can be challenging to fit it in your day and for me my hair wash schedule lol! My Fitbit has really helped me. Even if I don’t make it to the gym or zumba I try to always get my 10k steps in. Whether it be taking more stairs, pacing around the office, or walking the dog–every bit counts

  21. Rebecca Jo says:

    I love how easy it is to exercise anymore with videos & all the work out plans on the internet!

  22. kristen says:

    i am not a busy person at all, but i am definitely lazy so this helps. love the idea of splitting it up, such a good idea Amanda!

  23. Ashley says:

    You know I love a good TIU workout. They can really make you break a sweat!

  24. LOVE these tips! I find that I get the best workouts in at lunch, which is awesome for me because then when it’s time to go home after work my workout is already done and I don’t have to worry about it :-D

  25. Lindsay says:

    I’m all about the at home work outs and burners! There are a lot of days when I have to break it up, but just getting it in makes such a difference!

  26. you are so good! lately i’ve let it fall by the wayside with the move. I’ve gotta step it up!

  27. Karly says:

    These are such helpful tips – I already pinned your AM sequence! It never occurred to me that I can break up my workouts throughout the day. I typically like to get it all one and done at the same time, but lately that just doesn’t seem to be possible!

  28. Erin LFF says:

    Such a good reminder!! I’m glad you posted this! :) I’ve been making it my goal to do SOMETHING active and I can tell its making a huge difference. I am trying to walk on my lunch breaks more often- typically I eat at my desk really quick and then I’m back to working, so terrible!!

  29. Zelle says:

    Love these tips! I’ve been trying to fit in at least something every day. I downloaded the Sworkit app and it has a fun little office workout that I’ve been trying to do for 10-15 mins (it’s great, because you can customize the time). Such great tips, thanks for sharing! (and you’re in great shape, so definitely a motivator!)
    xo Southern Style

  30. Great tips! I need to be better about this!

    Her Heartland Soul

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  32. Nadine says:

    These are some great tips!!! People who say that they simply don’t have time to fit in a work out just aren’t prioritizing it and making it happen. I wake up super early in the mornings and get an entire work out in before I even leave for work! There is no excuse when it is something that is important to you. I like you idea of splitting it up. I would probably do that if I wasn’t able to fit it in in the morning :) Also, that sports bra is fabulous!! Where is that from? I love the back.

  33. Run DMT says:

    These are such great tips and I love your workout, even though I hate, hate, hate mountain climbers! I really do love it though. I pinned it. :-)

  34. Emma says:

    These are great suggestions. I need to be better at at-home work outs. And I LOVE fitbit challenges. You name the time and I will happily compete! :)

  35. Kay R. says:

    Awesome tips!! I could sure use them these days!

  36. Sara says:

    All of these tips are spot on… I definitely prefer working out in the morning before the heat sucks the life out of me, but I have been trying to make myself do a little bit at both the beginning and end of the day. I recently read something that said that you should force yourself to do 10 minutes, and after 10 minutes, you still aren’t feeling it, you can stop… but most of the time, you’ll finish because you’ve already started it… so I’ve been trying to remember that too, lol…

  37. These are such great tips! Since I’m not going to be working from home so much anymore, I really have to remind myself to get up and do something to get the blood flowing while I’m at the office. I’m so guilty of getting really into something and not moving from my desk for hours!

  38. Love the morning sweat routine! I will be pinning that! I’m the worlds worst to have the best of intentions of doing something, anything, when I get home but you’re right. It’s all over when I hit the couch. Thanks for being such an encourager. If you can fit it in, so can I!

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