5 Fitness Tips for Busy People

By Briceyda Cuadros, updated December 4, 2020

Are you one of those people who are always “too busy” to work out? Truth is, there is always time to work out no matter how busy your day to day routine is. Finding just about 20-30 minutes of time in your day is perfect for a quick and effective work out.  Keep in mind that getting into a gym is not the only option for exercising. Here are 5 tips that will help you burn some calories without wasting too much of your valuable time!

1. Work out early

Having to wake up early when you are sleeping warm and cozy in bed is probably not something you look forward to each morning. But working out early as soon as you get up will not only make you feel more energetic throughout the day, it will put you in such a great mood and make you feel accomplished.  Work can often make you stressed in the afternoon and exhausted at night, so the most convenient time to exercise should be early in the morning when there’s nothing that can ruin your mood.

2. Walk or bike to work or school

Getting into a gym is not the only way to get a good workout in for the day. Live less than 20 minutes away from your job or school? Try biking or even walking if that’s an option for you. Biking specially is fantastic for your health and will improve your mood!

3. Try high intensity, time saving workouts

Many people believe short workouts are useless—they are mistaken.  The best thing about high-intensity cardio is that you can do it anywhere. Jumping jacks, pull-ups, pushups, burpees, jump rope, and planks, all can be done at home or in the office. Do 20 seconds of high intensity, followed by 30 seconds of recovery and repeat for seven or eight rounds. Quick and easy and you’re all set! 

4. Exercise can fit into the busiest workday 

If you have to go to another floor, take the stairs. Try walking across the office to chat with a colleague, instead of sending an email. Your next meeting? Make it a walking meeting, especially if it’s nice out. If all you can do is stand up from your desk every half-hour and stretch, maybe walk around your office, then do that.

5. Make it fun! 

If you have kids, do things together. If it can be something active, you will get the exercise as well. Win-win!  Walk or hike in the town park or nearby nature reserve, dance around the living room to their favorite music, jump on a trampoline (even if you look silly). If you think about exercise this way, I guarantee you’ll enjoy it more!

I hope these tips are helpful! Remember, living a healthy and active lifestyle does not have to be hard or time consuming. All you have to do is keep moving. Your body and your health will thank you!

Easy Decorating Tips

By Breanna Derricotte, updated September 21, 2020

Making your space look and feel like your own is a pretty hectic task. Especially if you want to do it safely without putting holes and dents in the walls. There are many ways you can make your space feel nice and homey without overdoing it.

My personal favorite are house plants. House plants are a simple touch that can go a long way. The best thing about house pants is they are available in real and plastic. Real plants are a little more work but the smell, texture and freshness that they can bring to the room is well worth it. Plastic plants offer the same great look without the work of trying to keep the plant alive.

Another easy way to add some personal touches to your space is to hang pictures. I know what you’re thinking, who wants to nail pictures up? Do I even own a hammer and nails? Command strips make this process much easier. You will be able to find them in any office supplies store as well as your local grocery store. It may be one of the simplest things in your life. Just simply place the command strip where you want to hang the picture and pull the top level off of the top and place your picture.

A color scheme can go a long way in an area. Choosing and sticking with a color scheme can make your space comfy and cozy. Try matching your bedspread and curtain together to create the perfect color combo. A small desk lamp that matches will set the room off perfectly. Set it off with a nice rug that will be sure to stand out from the carpet.

I hope these tips will help you to make your space special and your own little world. Just don’t forget to come out every once in a while!

 

My Work From Home Experience

by Briceyda Cuadros, updated April 27, 2020 

Have you been required to work from home recently? How fun right!? You get to spend some time with your kids, catch up on a few things at home, wake up late.. Etc. All of these things
sound great and can be great as long as you balance them out. If you are a person who is used to working in an office all week, this will probably take some time to get a hang of.

I have been so used to having my work space in the office and working from home has definitely been a challenge for me. While working from home every once in a while can be a luxury for
some, for others it may be more distracting. Think about it, are you more productive in your home office or the office office?

Here are five tips that have helped me be just as productive working from home as I am working in an office.

  1. Start your day early. Believe it or not starting your day early will help you have a more productive day and lots more done! Starting on a project early will help you progress on
    it gradually throughout the day. It is easy to “sleep in” and wake up 10 minutes before your clock in time but that will also make you feel sluggish and you will probably end up
    starting your day later than you would if you were in the actual office.
  2. Get out of the house/take breaks. It can be so easy to get distracted on your work that you forget to take breaks. It is important that you take at least a 5 minute break every
    now and then to help you clear your mind and recharge.

    I love going out for a run or walk during my break. It helps me feel more relaxed when I get back. I also give my eyes a break from the computer screen which is a big plus!

  3. Have a dedicated work space. It is important that you have your own work space during working hours. Whether it is a home office or simply a desk set up somewhere in
    your house where you can be comfortable while working.

    I started working on the floor because I didn’t have a desk or work space set up at home. I said to myself, “what’s one week”? Well, three days in, my back was not having it. Eventually and thankfully my husband set up a desk for me in the living room and here I am, typing this six weeks later.

  4. Set rules with people in your space. Make sure they know that when you are working, you have to get things done and you aren’t just “hanging out at home”. If there are
    children in the house, make sure they understand what they can and cannot do.

    I have a two-year-old and I swear, every time the phone rings I am scared to answer it because I never know what’s going to come out of her mouth. I have to give her a death stare and even then you’ll hear “mom’’ about five times in the background!

  5. Save chores for free time. You’d think that working from home you can catch up on house chores, laundry etc. Probably the easiest chore to do while on the clock is laundry. I mean, how easy is it to just throw clothes in the washer and get back to work, right? Well, it’s best to leave the other chores alone until you have some actual free time. If you decide to “quickly” clean while taking a five minute break, that’s not going to happen. You will take longer and you’ll lose valuable work time.

I hope these tips help you as much as they have helped me. Till next time!