I know, sometimes a workout just doesn’t work.

You had to work late. You slept through your alarm. Dinner took longer than you thought it would. That happy hour somehow went from one hour to three hours. You have an amazing hair day and you are so not ruining it with a workout. I hear you.

So what do you do on those days?

1. Wear comfortable shoes to work

This one sounds so dumb, but it’s so true. If I know I’m not going to have any time for a workout, I wear comfortable shoes. That means I’m not tempted to take the elevator (I’m actually kind of scared of elevators, so it’s a pretty small temptation for me personally) and I’m more likely to take a walk at lunch. I don’t mind walking to a meeting across campus, and it makes running errands way faster. Admit it, you don’t want to take a walk around the block in those shoes that are pinching your toes.pluggz shoes ballet flats leather

For comfy shoes, I’m loving these shoes that Pluggz sent me, because I can run around all day without foot pain. I’d never heard of the company, but basically they make some really comfortable shoes. Their website has the low-down on the shoe “technology” but all I know is they make my feel SO happy. They’re also super cute! I picked out these leather flats which basically go with everything in my wardrobe. They’re insanely comfortable, and don’t give me foot pain that regular ballet flats tend to do. These babies encourage me to take the stairs, go for a walk during lunch, and generally just keep on going! Now I’ve got my eye on these gray loafers

I did receive these shoes free of charge, but I really like them! If anyone else has a recommendation for a brand of comfortable ballet flats or other work appropriate shoes, please let me know!

2. Skip the extra glass of wine/cupcake/cookie/roll

I’m not advocating deprivation… but on those days when you’re sitting at your desk or in your car, you don’t really need that extra energy from the hunk of bread that came with your soup, or the cookie that came in your boxed lunch. Eat your sandwich open-faced style . Use balsamic vinegar on your salad. Trade a cupcake for an apple. Save yourself for the really good stuff! Skip out on the stuff you don’t need.

Besides, you can throw together a healthy salad with some greens and a bag of trail mix:

trail-mix-salad

See? I told you it was easy. Mmm walnuts…

3. You have 10 minutes

Ok so you have 10 minutes but only 10 minutes. Fine. Do 10 minutes of lunges/squats/burpees before you jump in the shower. Do some leg raises while you’re blow drying your hair. Do 50 jumping jacks. Squeeze in some bicep curls with the milk and laundry detergent you’re bringing back from the grocery store. Are you going to lose 10lbs doing this? No. Are you going to nudge the scale in the right direction ever-so-slightly? Yes.

If you need a little direction, here you go:

10 minute circuit workout

I swear, you’ll get your heart rate up, and you totally have time for it.

Those are some of my little strategies for squeezing in some extra movement throughout the day. While they might not fully replace a workout, every little bit counts!

What do you do when you don’t have time for “real” exercise?