Top five hacks for squeezing activity into your busy schedule
Welcome to our first in a series of blogs for August 2019, all on the subject of busy lives. We know that things can be hectic these days: whether you’re ferrying the kids to school, clubs or playdates, getting to work, buried under laundry or just trying to catch up on the day’s emails - we get it. Amidst all the demands and responsibilities of being a fully-fledged adult, it can seem like a mammoth challenge to carve out some time for yourself. At AG Sports, we are huge advocates of squeezing a bit of activity into your daily life: it boosts fitness, improves your health and lifts your mood. Here are our top five hacks for getting off the sofa and into the sunshine.
#1: start small
We’re not talking here about suddenly joining a gym or signing up for a marathon. Getting out of the house for a 10-minute walk is enough to raise your heart rate and expose you to sunshine, which boosts your vitamin D levels. By trying to find just a few minutes a day, getting active can seem less daunting, which means you’re more likely to actually do it.
#2: work out what you love
It may seem obvious, but this is a stumbling block for so many people. Find the exercise, hobby, activity or sport that you love: enthusiasm is the greatest motivator. Don’t join a cycling club if bikes give you the heebie jeebies, and maybe don’t take up angling if you’re ichthyophobic (that’s scared of fish).
Instead, work out what kind of activity you might enjoy: do you prefer team sports or solo pastimes? What level of intensity and competition are you after? How competitive are you? Do you want to socialise through your new hobby? How fit are you? What level of impact or contact are you happy with? Considering these questions may lead you to discover new sports or activities that you hadn’t previously thought of.
#3: take a good hard look at your schedule
Most of us have moments in our day which is ripe for conversion into active time: the daily commute, for example, or your lunchbreak. Try walking or cycling to work instead of driving, or ditch lunch at your desk and get out for a brisk walk. Exercise like this raises dopamine levels, lifting our spirits and improving our mood. You’ll feel better for it.
#4: ditch your desk
Where possible, try and make phonecalls rather than send emails. Why? Chatting on your phone allows you to walk as you talk, as well as make some human connections as you go about your day.
#5: make it social
If you don’t know where else to start, think about activity as a way to have fun and meet new people. Join a club or a local team, or have a look at growing wellness movements, like rabble.com, which get people together for a game of British bulldog, dodgeball or ultimate frisbee. If you’re having fun and enjoying yourself, it’s more likely to become a habit for life.
What are your top ways of squeezing a bit of exercise or activity into your busy schedule? We’d love to hear from you!