Struggling to fit a full workout into your day? Or just can’t get into the habit of working out regularly? Meet fitness stacking!
Fitness stacking is an easy way to fit in workouts throughout the day without it feeling like a chore, slowly building it into a habit that suits you and your daily routine. And you can make it whatever you want it to be, slowly stacking up mini-workouts as you go about your day-to-day jobs.
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What is Fitness Stacking?
If you want to build a fitness routine but having trouble finding the time or the motivation, then fitness stacking could be the perfect solution. Fitness stacking is when you work in smaller bursts of exercise throughout your day, “stacking” them up to make the equivalent of a full workout.
This makes exercising more manageable and less daunting if you’re having trouble working up the motivation. Looking at your day and knowing you’ll be doing small sets of exercise often feels more achievable than a full 30-60 minute workout. They’ll be easier to fit in around your day, too, whilst still leaving you feeling like you’ve achieved something at the end of the day.
So if you’re looking to work out for 30 minutes a day, you could split this up into 6 5-minute bursts of exercise at different times to achieve the full workout time.
How to Apply it to Your Day
The best way to apply this to your routine is first to decide how much exercise you want to be doing in a day. For example, if you want to achieve 60 minutes a day, then you can split this into 6 lots of 10 minutes or 4 lots of 15 minutes, whatever you find more manageable.
Next, you need to find the best times in your day to fit these small workouts in. You do a burst of stretching first thing in the morning, start walking to work or parking further away and fit a burst of walking in. Use things around you; for example, you could go up and down the stairs or march on the spot whilst you wait for the kettle to boil. Put your dumbbells in the kitchen and lift some weights while you wait for dinner to cook. Whatever you do, make sure you fit them all in throughout the day.
At the end of the day, rack up your fitness bursts, and you’ll find that you’ve managed to fitness stack your way to a full workout. If you want to keep an accurate track of your fitness stacks, use a fitness tracker like a smartwatch or an app on your phone so you don’t have to remember it all.
Before beginning any exercise or nutrition program, consult your physician, doctor or other professional. This is especially important for individuals over the age of 35 or persons with pre-existing health problems. Exercise.co.uk assumes no responsibility for personal injury or property damage sustained using our advice.
If you experience dizziness, nausea, chest pain, or any other abnormal symptoms, stop the workout at once and consult a physician or doctor immediately.