Balancing Act: How to Be Busy AND Active

Balancing Act: How to Be Busy AND Active
06-05-2017

Let’s be honest… it’s really difficult to commit to a fitness plan if you never feel like you have the time to work out. There are a couple ways to pack a great workout into your busy schedule – whether it be exercising on-the-go or condensing a full workout into a sweaty HIIT sesh, we’ve got you covered.

1. #TransformationTuesday (& other tracking tips)
 

It’s You vs. You!

In the busy swirl of things, we cannot express the importance of tracking your progress over time. You put in the work (and sweat/tears), so it’s important to acknowledge just how far you’ve come. Progress can mean a LOT of different things, and doesn’t only apply to the physical changes you may see.

#TransformationTuesday photos have taken social media by storm. They’re motivating for the person sharing them and motivating for others, too. Whether you’re starting out your fitness journey or have been a gym junkie for years, be sure to snap pictures along the way so you can see the results of your hard work. But keep in mind, progress and transformation can be tracked in many other ways beyond just photos:

  • Track your strength –record what you were able to lift or how long you could hold that plank. When you feel ready to push further, beat yourself. You’ll continue to see the improvement in a tangible way.
  • Track your endurance – take note of how far you’re able to bike or run without taking a break. Fitness trackers are great for this and there are tons of wearable options out there to choose from.
  • Track your overall well-being – start a journal (or a note in your phone) where you can jot down how you feel over time. Diets and fitness can be confusing. Simplify it for yourself by keeping a log! Do certain foods make you sluggish on your runs? Have you found a special stretch routine that speeds up your muscle recovery time? All of these are important things to note, and will help you determine which variables help you feel your best, in addition to helping you eliminate the things that hinder you. What you’ll hear from fit pros across the board is that fitness is often a journey of trial and error. There is no “perfect formula,” for success – it’s up to you to find your own!

2. Putting the “Intensity” in HIIT
 

If you have 5-10 minutes, you’ve got time

HIIT, or high intensity interval training, is great if you only have small windows of time to work out. It is both effective and efficient, and will never take longer than 30 minutes, with most workouts lasting around 10-15. As crazy as it may sound, that’s really all it takes to work up a good sweat with this intense interval training.

A crowd favorite when it comes to HIIT are Tabata workouts. There are typically three or four different exercises in a Tabata session. You spend 4 intense minutes performing each exercise: Workout hard for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, complete 8 rounds. You can look for structured Tabata programs or get creative with your own. Feel free to mix it up with squats, burpees, kettlebells, sprints etc.

3. Workout While You Work
 

Because we all need to get up and move!

There are lots of methods for staying fit while working a desk job. From treadmill desks (yes, this is a real thing) to standing desks for posture, fitness is creeping into the office space. Have you recently seen someone in the office sitting on a stability ball instead of a desk chair? We can confirm they aren’t crazy AND it’s helping improve balance while keeping their core engaged.

Another option? Surprise your co-workers by organizing a walking meeting that will not only get you moving, but will give you a reason to step away from the desk and soak up some sunshine, which is crucial during these warm summer months. Shall we twist your arm?

Multitasking doesn’t need to be reserved for the office. You can easily do some kickbacks and calf raises while you prepare dinner, or what better way to fill commercial breaks during your favorite program than challenging yourself to hold a plank?

4. Putting the ‘GO’ In On-The-Go
 

No equipment? No problem

Summer is finally here and schedules are busier than ever. Whether you’re a “no days off” person or not, you’ve probably found yourself in a situation where you want to work out but don’t have a lot of time or equipment.

In April, we talked about Wellness Retreats that give people the chance to plan an entire trip around health and fitness experiences. For some of us, we have to be a bit savvier when it comes to fitting a workout into our busy schedules -- whether we’re on vacation, traveling on business, or simply on-the-go.

With personalized “mobile” workouts on the rise, fitness influencers, studios and apps are fine tuning their offerings to give people that “boutique fitness class” feel when they’re on-the-go. There are subscription-based apps where users can access audio fitness classes and workout anytime and anywhere with the guidance of a trainer in their ear. Fitness studios have leaned into the trend as well, making it easy for members to take the class experience with them on-the-go.

As cost-free option, there are tons of free workout videos available on Youtube - designed specifically for situations where you don’t have access to equipment. As mentioned earlier, go for the HIIT workouts if you don’t have a lot of time. You’ll get the biggest bang for your buck (and by buck, we mean time spent sweating it out in the hotel or poolside before you’re jetting off to sightsee).

5. H2… Oh Really?
 

Pour it up, sip it down

Whether you’re cranking out a high insensitity interval or going on a leisurely jog, it’s incredibly important to stay hydrated. When you work out, your body experiences fluid loss so rehydrating is key. Try brand new Emergen-C® Hydration+™, which enhances your workout water with a delicious mix that replenishes and fortifies your body, with key electrolytes and the antioxidants, vitamin C and manganese. The best part? Hydration+ contains 75% less sugar than the leading sports drink. It comes in portable packets that you can easily stash in your pocket or bag. It’s an on-the-go product for your hydration needs—including during and post-workout. It’s a refreshing drink mix, and a smart way to fill your water bottle when you’re looking for electrolytes.