I am sorry to disappoint you, but this is not about snacking while exercising. But I have good news for you if you are a busy person with no time for an hour long practice.
I workout 3-4 times a week but I do have many days and weeks when I get too busy. Going for my yoga practice or circuit training in the gym is not just a one-hour thing. Getting ready, driving there, driving back home and taking a shower especially after a hot yoga all add in another 40-50 minutes.
But I do get 5 minutes here and there in a day, and that is when I do fitness snacking. Just like you add short snacks in your day, add short 5-minute exercises. Research shows that short bursts of strenuous exercise can have a significant impact on your body and health and they can never be underestimated.
For example, I just look at the clock, time myself and walk up and down the stairs for 5 minutes. No shoes or fitness gear needed if I am working from home and it certainly makes my heart rate go up and sweat lightly.
We, Muslims pray five times a day. After each prayer, I do 5 minutes of a combination of push-ups, crunches, planks and other exercises on the floor. I am already on the ground, and a prayer mat is already there, so why not do some exercises on the ground. If you are playing with your toddler kids, you are sitting on the ground so use this opportunity to do some short exercises.
Five minutes of burpees or squats are great too. If one kind of exercise is boring or hard for you, combine two or three types. For example, when you do crunches if you get tired, bored or not so motivated, do variations of crunches. When holding planks I change to side planks and forearm planks. But make sure you are not in your comfort zone, and you are pushing hard. Nothing comes out good from your comfort zone. The moment when things get not so easy, and you can’t do anymore, do some more because change happens at that time.
Having a fitness tracker watch like this is also a very good idea. This will motivate you to take extra steps by parking the car away from your grocery store or walking back and forth the hallway in your office while waiting for the occupied bathroom.
Just look up H.I.I.T online or watch some 5-minute workout videos for ideas. Aim for three 5 minute sections a day. Coffee breaks, lunch time, T.V time, cooking time (yes, do squats or standing pushups while you wait for that water to boil or chicken to broil) are all perfect timings for you. Fitness snacking increases your resting metabolism and burns fat throughout the day. You will start seeing results, and this will motivate you to add another one or two 5 minute sections or perhaps even join the gym.