In an ideal world, we’d all like to be able to dedicate an hour a day on exercise. Unfortunately reality likes to remind us that most of the time, a day just isn’t quite long enough!
Between work, family time, school runs and shopping, we all have packed schedules and a whole heap of commitments.
Here are 5 ways you can make time for exercise and improve your health and wellness:
1. Work Out On Your Way In!
On the days that you can’t find time for your favourite work out, use your journeys to and from work to get your blood pumping! Even if that means just getting off the bus or train one stop earlier and taking a brisk walk or jogging the rest of the journey, doing this regularly will make a significant difference to your overall health.
Not a runner? Just ride your bike instead! This will not only help you burn those extra calories but also give you burst of energy throughout the day.
2. Exercise On Your Lunch Break
You don’t need to be a fitness junkie to sacrifice your precious lunch break to a training session. Scientific studies show that just 20-30 minutes of intense jogging or circuit training can keep you burning calories up to 48 hours after your workout and keep your waist line in check!
3. Work Out From Home, or Office
Get your sessions done even if you’re stuck in the office all day. Try these examples, all you need is a stability ball and some dumbbells:
- Lean on the stability ball against the wall and perform 2-3 sets of squats.
- Sit on the ball or raise it above your head, and perform lunges, ab crunches, overhead presses and back extensions for the 2-3 sets.
Keep it intense and remember to squeeze the target muscle on every rep!
4. Workout Before The Day Starts
Working out before the day starts allows you to ‘get it out the way’ early.
Not only do you not have to schedule it in for the rest of the day, it’ll get the blood pumping and boost your energy levels for the rest of the day.
5. Make Yourself Accountable By Working Out With a Friend
Don’t feel like getting to the gym after work? It’s easy to cancel plans with yourself but its another thing letting down a training partner.
“No one wants to be Debbie Downer by bailing and letting down your friend,” says Steve Stonehouse, personal training manager at Crunch in New York City.
You’re much more likely to meet your friend for a planned workout session at 6 p.m. compared to tentative plans you made with yourself for, say, sometime after lunch.
After a few weeks of feeling some of the benefits and building a habit, you’ll find it difficult to cancel on them. However if your gym buddy keeps cancelling on you, then it may be time to find a new gym partner.
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