Workday fitness tip: Next time you need to coordinate with colleague, make it a walking meeting.

5 Ways to Fit Fitness into Busy Fall Days

Feeling too frantic for fitness? Don’t worry if you can’t find time to schedule a dedicated workout session; fitness can come in many forms. Here are some easy, convenient ways to turn your daily activities into opportunities for exercise.

1. Work In Walking Windows

Take three ten-minute strolls and you’ve got your 30 minutes of doctor-mandated exercise for the day. Got a lunch date or appointment? Plan to arrive at your destination 10 minutes ahead of time and park far away. You’ll have time for a walk before you make your entrance — and time to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Taking your child to soccer practice? Stroll around the perimeter of the field or slip away for a stroll through the surrounding neighborhood. Other sports, music lessons, tutoring sessions, and taking a family member to an appointment all provide windows for exercise.

2. Move and Schmooze

No matter where you work, you can build in physical activities. If you talk on the phone a lot, get a headset and walk the halls while you talk, or just walk in place. Need to meet with a colleague? Hold a walking meeting and get some fresh air while you brainstorm and problem-solve. Do a few stretches or wall push-ups while waiting for the printer or photocopier. And once in a while, why not hand-deliver a message instead of shooting off an email?

3. Create a Desk Drawer Gym

Clean out a drawer in your desk or file cabinet and stock it with simple fitness supplies like stretch bands, hand weights, a jump rope and a squeeze ball. Then take a ten-minute break every two hours (hint: set a timer) to do a workstation workout.

Note: You can stock a basket with similar supplies and do the same thing during your nightly TV time.

4. Pack a Ready Bag

Carry a gym bag with exercise clothes and shoes, light jacket for walking outside, and water bottle. Some people also like to stash athletic shoes and socks in their car or desk so they’re ready for a 10-minute walk on the fly. Better yet, wear them to your facility or destination so you can sneak in a walk before you change into work or dress shoes.

5. Whistle While You Work

You can work up a sweat gardening, vacuuming, dusting, and taking care of pretty much any home repair task. Make them even more strenuous by doing them the old-fashioned way: Use a rake rather than a leaf blower, a hand saw rather than a chain saw, or a push rather than a gas-powered mower. Don’t like these ideas? Here are more ways to work in a workout.

Melanie Haiken writes about health, wellness and fitness for national magazines and websites. She specializes in discovering and reporting the latest research on diet, nutrition, fitness, weight loss and other health-related topics. Her award-winning stories have appeared in Fitness, Shape, Health, Forbes, and other respected magazines. She also contributes health stories to numerous Kaiser Permanente newsletters and other publications.