Finding time for working out is one of the biggest hurdles to adopting a healthy lifestyle. Here are some tips on how to more seamlessly integrate fitness into your daily routine from blogger Jess Walter.
Make Your Fitness Fit Your Life
At a time when Americans are working longer hours than most other countries, carving out precious time for your own fitness goals may seem impossible. However, busy people need stamina and positive energy, so it’s vital to find ways to fit in your fitness. Begin by reviewing your goals. It doesn’t have to be weight loss: perhaps you’re noticing a drag in your energy during the day, or maybe your skin isn’t as clear as it used to be? By having clear goals you can find specific activities to target them. Not everyone can afford the time or money to hit the gym regularly, so how else can you fit in your fitness?
Start when your alarm goes off. Instead of hitting Snooze or checking your phone, you could begin with mindfulness or meditation techniques to reduce anxiety and improve mental health. Next, you could try some yoga or Pilates beside your bed to improve posture and flexibility, or work on your core strength with planking or sit-ups. If you usually walk the dog before work, good news: there are plenty of fun ways to enjoy exercise with your dog! You can involve the kids too; run or cycle as they ride their bikes, enjoy a few laps while they’re having swimming lessons, or get everyone away from their screens and out for a walk. Fresh air and a chance to connect: perfect!
Make your workplace work for you
On your journey, traffic jams are a handy opportunity for pelvic floor exercises. Beats grumbling at the delay too! At the office, try to park slightly further away than usual, to fit in a little walk. Once there, you could take the stairs instead of the elevator to get your heart rate up and leg muscles working. If possible, try walking to colleagues’ desks to talk rather than sending emails. Not only is it better for you to move about, but it builds better relationships too. Keep your water bottle with you to refill during the day to keep hydrated; your whole body will thank you for it. After work, perhaps you could fit in a walk or short run with like-minded colleagues or friends; keep a pair of trainers handy just in case.
The more you can make your fitness fit your life, the more likely you are to stick with it. A few simple changes to your daily routine should soon help you make a real difference. Good luck!