Let’s brainstorm some ways to fit fitness into your daily life.
Some ways to fit in fitness anytime include:
To fit in fitness while you get to places:
You can also fit in fitness while you watch TV:
To fit in fitness while you get things done:
Add activity to your social life:
And finally, to fit in fitness at work especially if you have a desk job:
So far we’ve talked about getting physical activity for 30 minutes at a time or for 10 minutes at a time at least 3 times throughout the day. But what about those days when neither of those are realistic options? What if you only have ONE 10-minute block of time? A typical workout can be a two minute warm-up, followed by an interval of running or cycling as hard as you can for 20 – 30 seconds, followed by a two minute break, then repeating that interval once or twice, and then a two minute cool down.
You actually can get many of the same benefits from a longer workout in just a single 10 minute session if you are willing to work hard. It’s called High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). HIIT has been shown to improve:
HIIT can be more tiring than lower intensity, longer physical activity so you won’t want to do it every day. And most people should have a base level of fitness before starting HIIT.
HIIT is not for everyone, and it’s certainly not something you should start doing before consulting your doctor. But if your doctor is OK with it, HIIT can be a very effective approach for people with limited time.
on July 14, 2020. Emily is a Registered Dietitian with her Master's degree in Nutrition from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA, and is one of our Brook Experts.