How To Fit Exercise Into Your Busy Life

I spend a majority of my day at work. When I get home, all I want to do is rest. But I know that I need to get some physical activity in. My job consists of sitting in front of a computer. I post on Facebook. I tweet. I blog. But when do I get to get some movement in?

Here are some ways I’ve found to get some activity in, even when it seems like your schedule doesn’t allow for it.

  1. Exercise during the commercials of your favorite show

Think about it. If you watch an hour long program, the show is actually only 40 minutes. That means you can exercise for 20 minutes, broken up.

  1. Walk or bike to the store.

Trying to make BBQ chicken and salad for dinner and you realize you’re all out of a key ingredient?  Walk or bike to the store! Obviously not everyone can do this, but if you live close enough to the grocery store, give it a try.

  1. Get in the groove.

You would be surprised how far a killer playlist can go. Make a killer playlist and go for an evening walk. A little activity is better than no activity.

  1. Exercise BEFORE work.

Obviously this is easier said than done. Wake up a little bit early and get your exercise in before you head into the office (Make sure you shower before you go though).  I’ve tried it recently, and I found  that I went into work feeling refreshed, energized, and ready for the day!

  1. Find something you enjoy.

You’ll be much more determined to actually exercise if you actually enjoy what you’re doing. Not a big fan of really intense, sweaty Crossfit classes? Try yoga or pilates. Hate running on the tread mill, but love running? Try running outside. There are SO many options out there. You just need to find one that suites  you.

Hopefully these ideas help you fit exercise into your busy schedule!

 

Workout Wednesday: Going for a Walk

Sometimes there just isn’t enough time to drive to the gym and get a full workout in. On those days, I try to fit a walk into my day. Whether it’s after work or on my lunch break – anything to get up from my desk and get moving a bit.

I’ve found that having a good playlist to walk to makes it easier and super therapeutic. Even though you might not burn as many calories going for a walk as you would if you made it to the gym, it’s still something. And something is better than nothing.

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If you want to actually listen to the playlist, click here.

As always, if you have any songs or albums you like to listen to when  you go for a walk, please let me know in the comment section below.

Workout Wednesday: Stretching Playlist

This is my third week of posting these playlists.  I love that I can combine my love of music with my blogging for the Rec!

This week, I’m sharing my playlist for stretching and cooling down. This playlist was by far the easiest one for me to put together. I am an absolute sucker for a pretty acoustic song.

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If  you want to actually listen to the playlist, click the link here.

As always, if you have any songs that you love to listen to when you’re trying to cool down after a tough work out – please do share them with me in the comment section below.

Workout Wednesday: Core Workout Playlist

Happy Workout Wednesday! This is my second playlist. The songs on this playlist really help me get through the core of my workout – abs, arms, legs – whatever I’m focusing on that day.

The songs have great beats and really help keep me going. I hope they help you too!

Note: There will probably be at least one Justin Timberlake song in every playlist, so hopefully you love his music as much as I do.

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To actually listen to the playlist, click the link here.

If you have any songs that are always on your playlists, please do let me know about them in the comments below (or if you prefer – feel free to tweet them at me!)-

-Becca

Workout Wednesday: Warm Up Playlist

I honestly cannot have a proper workout unless I have a top-notch playlist. I was a dancer for 15 years, and when I’m not blogging for the Rec, I work at a concert venue. Every Wednesday this month, I’m going to share with you some of my go-to songs for each portion of my workout.

There are definitely some “throwbacks” included in these playlists. There are just some songs that will always be good, and that’s okay, right?

Here are some of my favorite songs for my warm up. I stick to the basic warm up exercises including jumping jacks and running in place. For me, it’s really just about getting my heart rate up before I continue to whatever I’m focusing on that day.

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If you have a Spotify and want to follow the playlist to actually use it for a workout, here’s the link to it.

 Share your favorite songs for warm up with me! Leave them in the comment section below, or share them with me via Facebook or Twitter!

-Becca

Being Bored and Wasting Time: How They’re Good For You

Being Bored

It’s hard to walk through the long halls of South Foundation before class and spot people who aren’t on their phones trying to stimulate their minds somehow. I don’t know what they’re doing; playing games, checking Instagram, reading the Rec Center’s blog is the most likely option…whatever it is, they may be keeping themselves from boredom, a feeling scientists say is important to one’s being creative.

Following is a definition of boredom so we’re all on the same page: “the aversive experience of wanting, but being unable, to engage in satisfying activity.” That’s a great definition, scientists. Kudos.

Anyway, when we experience this feeling, we tend to daydream about what to do next or what we could be doing at that moment. This process allows us to make new connections in our brains and find new ideas. So you see, feeling bored isn’t always a bad thing. Maybe the next time you’re waiting in line at Starbucks, instead of staring at your phone, you’ll start to daydream and come up with your most creative idea yet. And think about how many people claim their great ideas have come to them in the shower! In addition to increasing creativity, boredom can encourage us to take on new responsibilities and seek out more opportunities as we strive to rid ourselves of the unwanted feeling of boredom.

Wasting Time

One thing I have learned this year is that you have to take breaks. I’m one of those people who thinks, “Hey, I’ll just do all my homework for five straight hours and then I won’t have to do anything tomorrow.” But that just doesn’t work. By the time I get to hour three, I’m burnt out. You have to let your mind “reset” by taking frequent (but short) breaks while doing homework, working, or any other unappealing activity.

Here are some ways to waste time in healthy spurts:

  • Leave the building – Get out and go for a quick walk.
  • Get up and reply in person – Instead of sitting in front of your computer all day, get up and walk to whomever you’re emailing if possible.
  • Listen to music – Music is a great way to keep your break lengths in check; just tell yourself that you’ll listen to three songs and get back to work.
  • Surf the web – This one is dangerous for some…avoid websites like Facebook where you can get “sucked in.” Instead, check out news articles or blogs; they may even give you the new idea you’re looking for.
  • Write out a gratitude list – Write down a few things you’re thankful for in your life. This can de-stress and put things in perspective.
  • Power nap – This one is self-explanatory.
  • Organize your space – Getting your environment in order is a visual metaphor for getting your mind in order and back on track.
  • Purge your thoughts – Take a minute to express whatever you’re thinking on paper (don’t put it on Facebook though; people have their own problems to worry about).

So now that you’ve “wasted time” reading this…get back to work!

Sources:

Boredom Study

The Easy to Understand Summary of the Above Study

Wasting Time Tips

Why you should carry a water bottle with you everywhere

If you’re reading this right now, there’s a good chance that you want to drink some water.

Go ahead. Find your water bottle and take a few sips. Take your time, we will be here.

How did that feel? Refreshing? Need more? Go for it.

Now that you’ve gotten some water into your system, it’s a good time for me to mention that you should be doing more of what you just did. Most of us, during our average day, don’t take in enough water to stay hydrated the way that we should be. In fact, our daily dehydration may be the reason why we get so tired in the middle of the day, or even get headaches and we have no clue why.

There’s an easy way to combat that: carry a water bottle around with you. Here are some reasons why.

Stay hydrated

This one is very simple. When you carry a water bottle with you and fill it often, you’re giving your body a better chance at staying hydrated. The higher your daily activity, the more water you’ll want to consume.

A water bottle can come in handy for those times where you can’t leave your desk or the classroom. Your own dehydration can prove to be a mental distraction; your mind will keep telling you how thirsty it is until you decide to do something about it. This can hinder your productivity.

More likely to consume water

When your water bottle has water in it, you’ll be more likely to take the top off of the bottle and drink it. If you have to get up and walk to the water fountain down the hall, you’ll be less likely to consume it. That being said, if you don’t have a water bottle, you should get one.

One great brand is Nalgene. Very durable and simple water bottles for 10 dollars. This is perfect for when you want something reliable but not too expensive.

nalgene

You can also purchase a water bottle from the service desk in the lower level of the Rec Center for $8 if you don’t already have one. It’s a great investment.

Maximize your daily potential

Being hydrated means that you’re giving your body a chance to be on your A-game. You can’t maximize workouts or your productivity if your body isn’t up to par with what it needs to perform.

A water bottle will help you maximize that potential, giving you a chance to perform well.

It will also keep your mind in tip top shape. Your productivity can sometimes depend on the mental energy that you have throughout the day. That energy comes from the amount of sleep you get, your diet, and how hydrated you are. Why not set yourself up for success?

Take another drink of water.