Getting fit and healthy requires active effort every single day. However, with busy schedules that involve work, kids, school, and so on, working out may fall through the cracks. The good news is that maintaining fitness doesn’t always have to equal an hour logged at the gym. Here are five easy tips to help work fitness into your everyday life:

  1. Take the stairs. Whenever possible, take the stairs rather than an escalator or elevator. Stairs are an amazing full body, mini workout. Plus, it takes about the same amount of time as it would to get to your destination as it would using the less active alternatives.
  2. Aim for 10,000 steps a day. Even if you can’t make it to the gym, striving for 10,000 steps a day is a great way to make sure you are being intentional about moving your body consistently throughout the day. If 10,000 seems too much, start lower at 7,000 and work your way up. If 10,000 seems too little (maybe you have a more physically demanding job) aim higher for 12,000.

  3. Park in the furthest spot. Wherever the day may take you; work, post office, grocery store — be sure to park as far away as you can in the parking lot. This is an easy way to add to your step goal as well!

  4. Plan ahead. Look at the next day and plan when you can get a workout in. When you pencil in your time to exercise before the day begins, you are more likely to follow through with it rather than going through your day and trying to find the time and feeling too tired by the end of the end to get it done.

  5. Take a break. Every hour make sure you take just 5-10 minutes to get up and move your body. Take a lap around the office, step outside for some fresh air, or just stand up and stretch. This is will do wonders for relieving any tension in your body from sitting in the same position for too long and help refresh your mind to increase productivity.

Life can get busy but implementing these tips into your life everyday is a great way to form healthy habits and to stay active and healthy even on the days you can’t make it to the gym.