5 Exercise Hacks for Busy People

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I frequently overhear people talking about how they'd like to exercise, but they simply don't have the time. 

Here's a secret: you don't need hours and hours of free time to incorporate exercise into your daily routine! In fact, you don't even need a gym membership or access to one of those trendy classes. The reality is, we can be active in simple but effective ways throughout the day. Here are 5 of my favorite ways to keep my heart rate up, even during my 9 to 5.

Try an active commute
This one goes out to all of you who wonder how some people can wake up early and work out before starting their day. If you work, you commute in one way or another. Try to make your commute an active one - power walk to the subway, or bike to work; if you're like me and you drive to work, don't worry, you can partake in active commuting too - just park on the far end of the structure or lot, and power walk to the entrance of your building. Taking in some fresh air and doing some light cardio is a great start to the day.

Ditch the elevator
Instead of waiting for the elevator, take the stairs! Stair climbing is a great, free exercise for strengthening and toning your legs. There are even different techniques you can try if you're feeling particularly bold.

Forego virtual communication for face-to-face interaction
Though it's easy to chat with team members via email or Ping, switch it up by walking over to your coworkers' offices or cubicles. It's an easy way to get you moving - and it might be more effective to talk in person.

Have a walking meeting
If you want to take it a step further, invite your teammates to a walking meeting. Not all meetings require laptops, dry erase boards, or flip pads. For meetings that involve concepts, big ideas, or other types of brainstorming, a walking meeting is the perfect platform, since exercise is thought to boost creativity.

Do some chores around the house
After work, it's easy to plop onto the couch and Netflix your way through the night to appease that fried feeling in your brain. But exercise is one of the best ways to combat brain fog. Once a week, I'll randomly decide to do a sweep of my apartment: vacuum, Swiffer, wipe down the countertops, and clean the bathroom. It takes less than an hour, and at the end of it, I feel breathless, invigorated, and accomplished all at once. You can reward yourself with Netflix afterwards - or, if you're like me, keep your favorite show on in the background as you clean!