We are all familiar with this battle cry – “I’m going to start exercising more!”, or even it’s even more common comrade in arms, “I just don’t have the time!”. Finding the time and means to exercise with today’s busy lifestyles can be challenging, but considering the lack of exercise can have serious, long-term effects on our health, it’s something we all need to have a look at.
So how can we fit more exercise in our day to day comings and goings? The first trick is to look at actions you take, if daily, then on a regular basis.
Speed Walk Through Your Task List
Instead of vegetating at your desk during the lunch hour, lace up your trainers and start pounding the pavement. Complete any life admin tasks you have at a brisk pace to get the heart pumping.
Studies have shown that walking for as little as 20 minutes a day can reduce the risk of heart disease and other health complications later in life. Get out your chair and into the fresh air for an easy boost to your overall health.
Take The Path Less Traveled
Another common solution to lack of exercise is to take the long way round (or up). It’s sounds like a cliché, but all those times of taking the stairs instead of going in the lift add up over time, especially if you live or work in a tall building. When traveling by public transport, get off one stop early and walk the remainder of the way.
It all adds up over time, and before you know it you’ll be feeling and seeing the effects!
Add a few simple exercises to your morning wake up routine. Going to bed at night and getting up in the morning half an hour earlier is a small change to your overall lifestyle to give yourself time in the morning to exercise before the shower.
There are a variety of short duration workouts that are available, but even doing something as simple as 50 pushups and 50 crunches can have a noticeable effect on general health and bodyfat content.
It’s easier to fit a workout in at the weekend, but not when you’ve got life admin and household chores to undertake. Instead of missing out on valuable exercise time, turn these tasks into a healthy exercise.
For example, instead of cutting the grass with an electric mower, try using a push mower. It’s a pain, but as they say, no pain no gain! You can also try washing your car by hand instead of taking it to the garage.
There are endless ways of turning mundane tasks into exercise so keep an eye out for ways that you can sneak a little light lifting into your daily tasks.
Can’t miss your favorite TV show or the big game? Instead of sitting on the couch with your favorite snack food, mix up a tasty branch chain amino acid blend and exercise during commercials. Use bands, dumbbells or your body weight and select a quick exercise circuit. Every commercial, do as many reps or exercises as you can. If you’re watching an American 30-minute sitcom, you can get up to 9-minutes of exercise in. Maybe less if you’re watching the BBC.