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10 Ways To Fit Exercise Into Your Daily Routine By Move Personal Trainers

By Laura September 29, 2015

Here at MoveGB, we're lucky to partner with some of the best fitness experts in the industry, and we're excited to be able to share some of their best tips about health and fitness! 

We understand that with the pressures of everyday life, it can sometimes be hard to find time for fitness. However, our experts are here to show you it can be easier than you think! Check out these great tips on how to fit exercise into your daily routine from just a few of our awesome Personal Trainers.

1. Toni Lamb, Personal Trainer

Panther Fitness

"How long do you spend watching telly? Playing computer games? Cleaning? Cooking? Child-caring? Working?
Make time for yourself. A minimum of half an hour a day is all you need; wake up a little earlier and take time to stretch; make cleaning the new aerobics; put Eastenders on record do some floor work! Put the kiddies to bed half an hour earlier and get your groove on in the living room. Get off a few stops earlier from work or better still -  walk there! Make playtime active with your little ones. It doesn't take much to make time for you."


Terri Snelling, Health and Fitness Programme Manager and  Personal Trainer

YMCA Central

Terri Snelling
"Your body is your life vessel, you need to look after it.
Be active for 30 minutes daily, do what you enjoy and try to challenge your body regularly. Exercise should be progressive or you can plateau your results, get bored and frustrated.
 Take the stairs when you can and eat the right amount of fats, protein and carbohydrates for daily movement. We are all unique vessels and your healthy eating should be unique for you and your movement.”


Hamit Buhara, Gym Manager and Personal Trainer

YMCA Central


“Put up a few notes around your home and your workplace of the importance of physical activity as part of your daily routine. Remember the benefits of exercise for health, body composition and performance - if we don’t brush our teeth they will rot, if we don’t exercise our quality of life, our strength and our mental health could suffer.”


3. Rob Aitken, Senior Trainer

Matt Roberts Personal Training


​"Find an expert to do the thinking for you and to develop a simpler, less time consuming workout plan. When you’re busy the mindset should be - what is the least amount of work I need to do to get the results I want? By employing the help of someone else you save time both mentally and physically."



4. Henry Roy, Personal Trainer

Bristol Personal Trainer


"Prioritise: Everyone should be able to find at  least a few hours a week to look after their body - if not you should look at how you spend your week. It’s tough balancing your career, social life, romance, hobbies and physical health, but sometimes you just need to make time for your health.

This may mean altering your work/life balance, managing time more effectively, or getting better at saying no to something so you can say yes to something else. Remember that being fitter and healthier will often improve your ability in other aspects of life."



5. Tom Lakos, Personal Trainer

ProTom Fitness - Abdomimax®


"Use the park as your gym: Whether you are entertaining the kids or walking the dogs, you can use your time at the park to squeeze some extra exercise into your day. While your kids (either the human or furry kind) are having fun you can do body weight exercises such as lunges or squats, perform chin ups on climbing frames and do triceps dips using a park bench."


6. Sharon Woma, Personal Trainer

Bristol One Fitness


"Incorporate a 10-20 minute high intensity interval training (HIIT) session into your busy schedule, this can be done with a kettlebell, dumbbells, barbell, sprints, stair climbs, body weight exercises - the list is endless, do what you love! HIIT involves a burst of high intense activity followed by a short period of rest, guaranteed to burn calories in a short space of time."


7. Joe Gledhill, Personal Trainer

Joe G's Fitness Centre


"Focus and invest in the time you DO have, don't use time as the variable in your exercise routines use INTENSITY. Time is limited, but effort and intensity is down to YOU."


8. Jenny Cromack, Personal Trainer Director

Motiv8 North


 "Planning is key if you have a busy life. On a Sunday sit down with your work/social calendar in front of you and plan your workouts around this. Add them to your diary and treat them as you would a meeting at work (ie don’t cancel it because something else comes up/you can’t be bothered going!) If you are struggling to fit in all of your workouts prioritise which social engagements are essential to go to and those which aren’t and free up some time for you!"


9. Jack Brady, Personal Trainer

Scintillate Health and Fitness


"Preparation is key: First of all, think ahead and try to select the type of activity that would best for your mood and energy level at that time (e.g. yoga in the morning; H.I.I.T around lunchtime; resistance training in the evening). Even looking ahead at the weekly forecast can help you choose an activity that is most appealing - running in the rain isn’t for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t train your cardiovascular system another way, indoors. Secondly, make the process as easy and accessible as possible by considering travel arrangements and packing / laying out everything you need in advance. " 


10. Alex , Personal Trainer

Character Strength and Fitness


"I think fitting exercise into a busy routine is all about maximising efficiency in order to minimise time spent.  For that I'd recommend sticking to big, compound 'bang for your buck' exercises such as squats, deadlifts, presses and pulls.  Lift fairly heavy and keep your rests short for a great workout in a really short amount of time."

Want more tips? Then check out more useful ways how to fit exercise into your daily routine by some of Move's best Yoga and Pilates Instructors!


Written by Laura

After 3 years of excess at uni took a serious toll on my waistline and wellbeing, I found that a love for strength training, HIIT and spin classes were key to keeping me healthy and happy. I'm at the forefront of finding out and creating awesome stuff about health, fitness and happiness and when I'm not at work I love nothing more than pizza and prosecco in the sun with friends. What motivates me? Knowing that life is short...


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