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No time? No problem. 5 ways to fit being active into your day

Think you’re too busy to workout and get moving? It can feel that way sometimes, but trust us when we say it’s easier than you think! Take a look at our tips for fitting in being active into your day. 

Make a plan 

If you’re joining up in training for the Purple Wave 10k in May, then you can access loads of running plans that will help you build up your running ability (even if you’ve never run before!) and smash that race! It’s better to start early and work in shorter runs, building your way up as you gain confidence. Take a look at the side tab of the Purple Wave homepage to find our recommended training plans for all abilities. 

The same applies for any exercise plan – start with short, regular activity and make a plan of what you want to achieve and when; it’ll become your new routine in no time. 

Be an active watcher

When you do watch TV, make the most of it. Do some crunches, planks, yoga poses, squats, lunges or push ups while you’re watching. Keep simple fitness equipment, such as a kettlebell, resistance bands and a jump rope, near the TV. Or use the ad breaks to mix in brief cardio intervals. 

Socialize on the move

Next time a friend suggests meeting for lunch or to hang out, why not socialise over a gym class or a walk around the park? Trying something new is always more fun when you do it with friends, and rather than being a chore you can make being active a fun activity to do with friends. 

Rise and shine

For most people, the day only gets more demanding as it goes on, so exercising first thing in the morning will ensure you fit it in. Lay out your workout clothes the night before so you won’t waste any time and can’t use the excuse that you’ve forgotten something, and set your alarm 30 minutes earlier so you can fit in some physical activity before the day even starts. 

Ditch your ride

Whenever you can, try to walk or cycle to where you need to go rather than getting in the car. You could also get off the bus a few stops earlier and walk the rest of the way, and even if you can’t do it every day, try for once a week and you’ll soon notice the benefits of getting in some extra walking time.

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