According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 80 percent of Americans do not get the recommended amount of exercise. The recommendation is just 2.5 hours each week, yet many U.S. citizens fall short. One of the most common excuses for not exercising is “I don’t have the time.” Laura Vanderkam, writing for The Wall Street Journal, says “we aren’t as busy as we think. Vanderkam says switch the phrase ‘I don’t have time’ with ‘It’s not a priority’ to see how it feels.”
However, when your busy schedule really does get in the way of your exercise routine, there are small ways you can still squeeze in some time. A great way to do this is with daily yoga practice. Here are a few ideas for how to practice yoga whenever you have a spare moment:
How many times have you arrived at the airport early, only to sit near your gate for hours, waiting to board? Instead of spending that time watching the news or scrolling through your social media pages, do some yoga. Find an unpopulated, quiet place to meditate or practice a few poses before your flight departs.
Whether you have your routine memorized or you need a little guidance, take this time to relax and get in a quick workout. For yogis seeking a little guidance, bring along an iPad Air to stream guided yoga practices from sites like YogaJournal. The device is lightweight and portable, so you still have room for your yoga mat and some healthy snacks in your carry-on.
Get your day started off on the right-food by reciting positive affirmations on your commute to work. Recite statements of intent such as “Every day in every way I am getting better” or “I am healthy and strong and I live life to the fullest.” The more often you use positive affirmations, the more your life seems to resemble them.
While it’s not recommended to go into deep meditation while driving, you can practice mindful driving. For example, experience the silence. Turn everything off, like the radio and your cellphone. Allow yourself to feel calmer, more relaxed and happier, suggests the meditation experts of WildMind.
Spend your lunch break outdoors practicing yoga. Although nature is most restorative in generous doses, like spending a weekend on a hiking trip, spending your lunch hour outside is better than not being outside at all. Nature can boost creativity, sharpen thinking and relieve stress. By rolling out your yoga mat in a local park or green space near your office, you can experience the healing benefits of both nature and yoga. To make your practice more comfortable, keep a set of workout clothes stored at your desk.
Practicing at home may seem like the most obvious place to practice your yoga routine, however it’s easy to get distracted. From daily chores, like laundry and cooking, to taking care of your children and pets, practicing at home may prove to be more difficult than you initially thought. To ensure that you spend time practicing at home, create a schedule that outlines the best times to practice. Whether it’s in the morning before work or in the afternoon before the kids get home from school, making time for yoga can help you feel happier, healthier and more in-tune with your mind and body.