Be Flexible and Make Fitness a Way of Life
We all know how important exercise and physical activity are to our health, but we also know that it is not always easy to find the time for fitness in our busy schedules. If fitting in fitness is difficult for you, then follow these easy tips to make it possible.
1. Plan ahead. Take some time on a Sunday evening or night, and schedule workouts into your week just like you do for meetings. This will allow you to have a block of time dedicated to your fitness.
2. Wake up earlier. Set your alarm clock 20-30 minutes earlier in the mornings than you usually do. Sometimes mornings are the only way to go and this will allow you to sqeeze in a brisk walk on the treadmill, a jog around the neighborhood, or some morning yoga.
3. Take a class. Taking a fitness class allows you to have a fixed amount of time dedicated to physical activity and exercise. Since you are likely paying for the class you will be more motivated to go and get your money’s worth.
4. Organize your gear. Pack your gym bag the night before so you will be ready in minutes. If you prefer to exercise in the morning, then you can simply grap it and go. If you schedule time throughout the day, bring your gym bag with you so you have no excuse to skip your workout.
5. Consider the commute. If possible, instead of driving to work try walking, cycling, or even jogging.
6. Make use of your time. Use work breaks for walks, and take the stairs whenever possible. During your free time or between meetings take time for stretching or toning, and consider keeping small pieces of equipment like restance bands or stability balls in your office or work area.
7. Use wekends for workouts. If busy work schedules make it difficult to exercise throughout the week, utilize your days off on the weekends for longer periods of physical activity. Rather than a 20 minute walk make it an hour, and then consider going on a bike ride later.
8. Workout at home. If exercising at home is more ideal for you then invest in a couple workout DVDs, an exercise ball, or even a treadmill or stationary bike.
9. Find a workout buddy. If motivation is your problem then begin an exercise program with a motivated friend. This will help keep you on track and stay healthy.
10. Do what you like. Physical activity and exercise are not always something we look forward to, making it easy to skip. Try incorporating an activity that you enjoy in order to make your workouts something you look forward to. Maybe basketball is your game or swimming is what you prefer. If the workout is what you like then you will be more likely to stay committed.
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