There is always that one person in your life who is constantly talking about the gym. They manage to get in an hour or more every day, plus hiking on the weekends and pilates class three times a week.
When you ask them how it is they manage to get so much active time into their schedule, they offer the generic “Fitness is important, you have to make time!” line. It is enough to drive anyone up the wall.
Yes, it is true that we should all make time to workout. But for those who just don’t have the time to make, it isn’t so easy. For the rest of us, we have to sneak in our workouts where we can. Here are five products that make it easier to do that.
Not to be confused with standing desks, a treadmill desk is exactly what it sounds like. It has a moving conveyor belt at your feet and a desk feature that allows you to walk or run while you do your work. You choose the intensity, incline and speed like with any treadmill, and most are convertible so you can remove the desk when you don’t want to be walking at your station.
While standing desks are great for avoiding sitting for too long, they don’t strain the body or get the heart pumping. Treadmill desks offer an actual workout, and activity through the day.
Taking up little space and easy to hook and unhook, gymnastic rings are an incredible fitness tool. They work the entire body, forcing you to utilize all of your muscle strength to hold and move your body in the same way gymnasts do.
It has to be said, these take some getting used to. When you are first starting out, there is a good chance you won’t be able to do much more than lift yourself up. But keep at it! You can get a full body workout with gymnastics rings and the more often you use them, the stronger you'll get. You'll be doing an iron cross in no time.
Foam rollers are convenient, because they can be stored in a desk when not in use. You can use them to assist with basic exercises like push-ups and pull ups, or with more complex yoga asanas that you aren’t quite flexible enough for.
Hurting after a workout? They make great massage tools. Often times a killer workout leaves you so sore you regret working so hard. If you use a foam roller to work the lactic acid out of your muscles right after an intense session of squats, you'll hardly be sore the next day. Foam rollers really help keep you going.
You may not have seen these before but these boards help with balance and utilize lots of stabilizing muscles. That in itself is a workout but you can also apply the indo board to push-ups and other mundane exercises to increase the intensity.
You can sit on one instead of a chair, using your core muscles to keep you upright. Then occasionally do sit-ups or other exercises when you have a chance. It also helps those who hate sitting still to be able to bounce as they work. You're moving your fidgety body and also working different muscle groups!
Don’t worry, you don’t have to skip the workout because you are busy. Making subtle changes to your daily routine is the best way to increase your activity level each day. Sometimes going from 0 to 60 isn't going to work and making a tiny change like replacing your computer chair with an exercise ball is the way to go!
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