Finding time to be healthy during the work day can be tough. But according to Joseph Luftman, MD, Chief of Sports Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, there are ways for all of us to fit exercise into our busy schedules.
Exercising during the day can help us reach fitness goals, strengthen our muscles, and improve our joints. And the benefits are more than just physical—a few minutes of exercise can drastically improve mental health, too. “People who exercise tend to have less emotional and psychological problems,” Dr. Luftman said. “Across the board in terms of health in general, [exercise] seems to have benefits above and beyond for patients who are doing it versus those that aren’t.”
Dr. Luftman recommends the following quick and easy tips to stay fit with a busy schedule:
• Take the stairs instead of going up the elevator
• Park farther away; even an extra three-to-five minutes of walking to work can make a difference
• Take a two-to-three minute break for a chair-based exercise
• Do exercises that don’t take up much room like squats and lunges