How to Keep Fit When You’re Too Busy for The Gym

We live in an increasingly busy world. We’re always on the go: rushing to work, or school, maybe even studying an online MBA degree and working at the same time, getting the kids ready for school, cooking dinner, doing housework, finishing assignments. One of the main excuses people give for not working out is that they just don’t have time. Don’t let this stop you! Even the busiest of people can make a few small changes to fit in some exercise. When you lead a busy active lifestyle, a little exercise a few days a week can be all you need.

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Walking instead of using public transport will not only help you keep fit, it’ll also save you a lot of money. Try to walk as often as you can, but if the distance is too great, park further away than you usually would, or get off the bus a few stops early to get a bit of walking in; it’s even better if it’s uphill.

Running is a great way to burn calories, lose weight and tone your muscles, but it’s also great for your mind. Running helps us relax, think things through and feel great about ourselves. Running is also great because aside from a pair of trainers, it can be free. If you haven’t run before try something like a couch to 5k program to help you get started.

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Online Videos

If you’re short on time, or maybe can’t get out because you’ve got kids, online workouts are great. YouTube has millions of videos, with many different styles and lengths. Even if you only have 10 minutes spare, there’s something on there for you. Just make sure you make the time that you have got count. Consider going to a class run by a professional trainer to get some tips you can then incorporate in to your home workouts.

Take the Stairs
Don’t get in that lift; brave the stairs instead. Climbing stairs is great for burning calories and toning your legs. This is a super easy way to add a little exercise to your daily routine.

Stand Up
Where ever you can, stand instead of sitting. If you study online, such as an AACSB online MBA, and find you spend long periods of time in front of a computer, get up and take a walk, or do some stretches every hour to get your blood pumping. This will also help your concentration levels massively.

Even a short swim is a great all over body work out. Swimming is a great option if you’ve had an injury or are particularly unfit, as the water helps take pressure off your joints without losing the quality of the exercise.
There are many simple ways to add cardio to your daily routine. Stretching can also be great for your muscles. Basically, keep moving! A great tip is to find something you enjoy, that might be running, swimming, yoga, anything to work your body. You are much more likely to stick to it, and make time to do it, if it’s something you enjoy. This may take some time, but try new things until you find the exercise you love.

What tips do you have to share for fitting in the gym when you get busy?!


This post was written by Maggie Hammond; She is a retired nurse and freelance writer, exploring and writing in the U.S. in retirement. An advocate for public health and nursing qualifications, she feels passionate about raising awareness of the current strain on public health organisations.



  1. pipinmotion.com
    December 9, 2016 / 14:54

    Walking is definitely my go to! I try to walk as much as possible, and then even if I don't get a proper "workout" in, I've still done something

    • Elle Linton
      December 11, 2016 / 22:06

      Couldn't agree more! …it's so good for clearing the mind and helping focus too which in turns makes you more productive when you are busy!

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