Modern life is hectic, stressful and very demanding. We're all working longer hours and leaving ourselves with less and less time to look after ourselves.
If you're one of those people who dismisses the prospect of regular exercise because you’re simply “too busy to exercise,” it may be time to look at things a little differently. By integrating exercise into your daily routine, you can make exercise a way of life.
Become an early riser
While it may be a struggle at first, getting up an hour earlier than usual in the morning will give you a little time to run, cycle or head to the gym. Exercising in the morning is a great way of energizing yourself before the rigors of work, and it's also a way of avoiding the crowds if you like to take your exercise outside.
Buy a bicycle
Instead of fighting over seats on the train or taking your gas-guzzler into work, why not cycle to work every day? Not only will you save money on the costs of travel, you will keep yourself fit without the need to devote any more of your leisure time to exercise. And to make things more interesting, you can use a fitness app to keep track of your times and routes. Setting yourself the challenge of getting to work more quickly can be the motivation you need to stick with your bicycle.
Utilize your lunch break
If you have an hour – or even 45 minutes – for your lunch, using 30 minutes of it three times a week for exercise could deliver some fantastic benefits. Perhaps your employer offers gym facilities, or maybe there is a gym nearby? Whether you use the time to run or just for a brisk walk, exercising in the middle of the day can blow away the cobwebs and keep you in great shape.
Use every opportunity at work to exercise
If you work at a desk, why not implement your own office-based exercise regime? You can use both your chair and desk for a range of exercises that can be performed between calls or when you get two or three minutes to yourself. Implement a series of exercises as part of your work routine, and you will start seeing results in just a few days. The Forbes website has a great guide to desk exercises that will get you started.
Combine your social life with exercise
If you need to catch up with friends or loved-ones at the end of a busy day, why not do it with a jog in the local park? Instead of going to the local restaurant or pub, why not arrange a friendly game of badminton or squash at the local leisure center instead? Try to look upon socializing and exercise as activities that can be enjoyed together, and finding the time will rarely be an issue.
Don't be a couch potato
There's nothing wrong with cuddling up on the sofa to watch TV or a movie. However, a sedentary lifestyle can lead to serious health problems and weight gain over time. Instead of lying on the couch for hours on end, punctuate your TV time with short bursts of exercise. Pause the action, and do some sit-ups, jumping jacks or stair climbing. You'll be amazed at how quickly you'll see results if you can squeeze in 30 minutes of exercise into your TV time every day.
Exercise shouldn't be looked upon as a chore, or something that has got to be ‘endured'. Try to make it as fun and challenging as possible by including friends or using a fitness tracker to keep tabs on your improving performance. But most of all, try to make exercise an integral part of your average day.
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