Wednesday, September 3, 2014

WORK VS. WORKOUT: HOW TO STAY FIT ON A BUSY SCHEDULE #HowTo


photo from bossfitmag.com

So, I started a new job and I have had absolutely NO TIME to do anything. That's very stressful for someone with minor control issues who likes to have everything in place and have a schedule for everything. I have not cooked dinner in over a week, and I usually cook every day and I've been skipping workouts two-three days at a time. I hate not being able to exercise. When I go to long without it, I feel sluggish and lack energy. But until we launch and until the dust settle, I am going to have to make do and deal with the birth pains of a new chapter in my life. If you are on a similar boat, here are a few ways you can get a little activity in your life, without having to go to the gym or an actual class.


  • When you wake up in the morning, roll out of bed to the floor next to you and do some crunches. I'm not even joking. Take ten minutes of your time before showering and eating to work on your abs. Try to do about ten sets of ten. That's 100 crunches before you can even say SILOG.
  • Speaking of silogs, since you have no time to exercise fully, try to opt for better breakfast options instead of the fat-laden, refined carb loaded Pinoy staple. Go for oatmeal and fruits, or a high-energy breakfast smoothie (banana-oatmeal-peanut butter is my fave) instead.
  • Walk whenever you can. In fact, park far away so you have reason to walk. 
  • Stretch. One thing I learned that it is important to find time to stretch every day, even if you can't do an actual work out. I was told that 30 minutes is the magic number but if you don't have enough time, try to get at least 10-15 minutes in.
  • When you get home at night, do some planks. Planks work on your core like crazy and take only 1 minute at a time to start. You can do planks 3-5 times for a minute each. If you alternate rest and planking, that will only take 10 minutes of your time.
  • Try out a workout video. A lot of super busy people I know workout at home with the help of an exercise progam made for home use. A lot of them only take 20-30 minutes and can be done at any time of the day. I suggest mornings though because it gives you less chances to make excuses not to do it throughout the day.
  • Workout during your lunch break. Try to run for 30 minutes and grab a quick sandwich and salad for lunch after and you can still be back in a little over an hour.
  • HIIT. High intensity interval training is great when you have no time. Try TABATA. You can get a decent workout in in only 15-20 minutes.

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