Got no time to workout? Er, sure about that?
Well, there are actually a number of great ways to squeeze exercise and workouts into your busy schedule using out sneaky fitness hacks.
All of these are things you probably do anyway, so you just level up a bit with some extra action while you’re doing your daily routine. Oh, and these easy fitness hacks can really help you if you’re thinking about getting started at the gym.
1. Walk more, walk faster
If you’re walking to the tube station, step up the pace and see how much your heart beats. Taking the bus? Get off a stop earlier and do that fast walking again.
If you do this regularly, especially as part of your daily commute, you’ll soon up your daily steps.
Better still, commute on foot! This might be more doable if you live in Zone 2 than if you’re walking the entire length of the Northern Line. Still, I used to walk from Brixton to Elephant and Castle every day and it was actually a great way to get some fitness without actually working out!
2. Lunge and squat
Sedentary jobs eh, who needs em? Actually, most of us these days. So the next handy fitness hack is to take regular breaks and then do lunges and squats while you wait for the kettle to boil, or while you’re staring out the window.
Doing a set of lunges or squats every time you stand up will have your glutes and buns looking tight in no time. Go you! You sexy thang, you….
3. Run home
Running back from work means you skip the horrors of the daily commute, which can be really beneficial for your mental health. And you get to enjoy the benefits of actually going for a run without having to go home, get changed and faff about getting ready to go for a run.
Again, this may depend on the commute distance. But even if you jog to the tube, ride it to zone 3 and then jog the better bit to your pad in zone 4 or whatever, you’ll still get the benefits of this fitness hack!
4. Walk on your lunch break
Sitting at your desk having a sad desk lunch while browsing Instagram? Ah man that’s so 2015.
A walking lunch break is exactly what you should be doing, according to doctors and whatever. No really.
It’s actually way more enjoyable than doomscrolling social media, and better for your health too, Yes, even if it’s raining. Wear a jacket innit.
What’s your excuse then?
5. Desk workout
There are tons of workouts you can do at your desk to keep you fit and sane. Try the seated dip on your seat (so long as it’s not a seat on wheels as that might end up being embarrasing).
You can also do side stretches, even push ups. As usual if it’s fitness related there is a Healthline article about it, so here you are…
6. Take the stairs
A really easy fitness hack this one… Take the stairs whenever you can. And, if you’re on the escalator, walk up.
7. Ride a bike
In London you might think that you’re taking you life into your hand by riding a bike at rush hour. And you’d probably be right. But it is a good fitness hack.
You don’t even need to buy a bike, you can just hire one.
8. Watch what you eat
Yes, what you eat does count as a fitness hack! If you’re doing all that hard work, sweating your ass off and then you live on Krispy Kremes and MacDonald’s lunches then, sorry to say buddy, you won’t get far.
Now, life is for living. And in a city like London (or pretty much any city for that matter) there are plenty of food tempatations. What we’re saying here is you don’t have to NOT enjoy food. Just be mindful of the processed junk you eat, or the high fat or sugar content foods going into your body.
There are plenty of hacks to make yourself feel fuller or burn more calories, such as using coriander juice or eating more chili. So yes, food is definitely a part of your fitness routine.
And that is our list of great (and easy) fitness hacks. Got your own suggestions? Let us know in the comments and maybe we’ll pop it in.