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How to Exercise When You Don't Have Time

Harley Pasternak's Easy Workout Tip For Busy People

We're all for scheduling time for a workout, but sometimes days get too hectic to even think about getting to the gym. On those cant-fit-it-all-in days, take a tip from celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak: spread it out.

"[Exercising] doesn't have to be a big event in the day," Harley recently told us. "It can be something that adds up throughout the course of the day, whether it be walking or taking the stairs or doing some postural work earlier in the day, later in the day doing some arm [workouts], and later in the day doing your thighs. You don't have to make it all at once."

Harley's favorite ways to squeeze in a workout? The trainer to Jessica Simpson, Hilary Duff, and Jennifer Hudson (just to name a few) recommends investing in a pedometer and wearing comfortable shoes to encourage yourself to stay active all day, as well as downloading fitness apps and searching online for workouts (try our 10-minute Class FitSugar workouts) to help you burn calories minutes at a time. Working out at home can save time as well, which is one reason why Harley also recently released Harley Pasternak's Hollywood Workout, an interactive Wii and Xbox Kinect video game that tracks your stats and progress throughout the 25-minute workouts. "I want everybody who has four square feet around them to know that they can get a great workout," Harley says. "You don't need a gym membership."

How do you squeeze in a workout on a hectic day?

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antennajane antennajane 3 years
I work full-time (9-5!), and am also a full-time grad student, so am pretty busy! One thing I do to clock extra fitness minutes is to take three 10 minute breaks during my work day, every two hours or so, and climb the stairs leading from the 2nd floor to the 7th floor in my office building. I go up and down the stairs six times during each 10 minute break, and do 10 push-ups when I get to the 7th floor. So, I'm doing 18 stair reps, and\u00a0 180 pushups. I've noticed a positive change in not only my fitness level, but also my energy level, my muscle tone, my attitude, and it does a lot to cut my appetite, believe it or not.\u00a0 I also ride my bike to work every day, which is much quicker than taking the train!
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