Say this out loud: you always have time for exercise. Always. It can be exasperating having to hear this all the time and it’s definitely easier said than done but it’s always going to be true. More often than not, there are rarely insurmountable obstacles here. There are always tricks to achieving the right balance between a healthy lifestyle and the ever-growing list of things you want to do. With the right strategies in place, you won’t even have to sacrifice some of your favourite hobbies either. Here are the five ways you can do this.
Seamlessly Fit Physical Activity Into Your Commute
The first mental block you need to get rid of is the idea that fitness involves only two things: diet and the gym. It’s not entirely wrong but it places limits that can set yourself up for failure too early in the game. The gym, especially, is the one major limitation that gets to most people. The busier they get, the more likely the gym ironically becomes their main enemy in weight loss. Whether you don’t want to pack an extra gym bag to work or it’s the hassle of making a trip to the gym, heading there is always going to mean extra effort and time. That’s how anyone can easily go from attending regular gym classes to a swift return to a full sedentary lifestyle.
Here’s an open secret: fitness isn’t confined to the gym — every little physical activity you do burns calories. Make every moment count by using your morning commute to get moving.
Start by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator on your morning commutes. An average healthy adult can burn approximately 21 calories if they climb up the stairs for only two minutes. It’s not much but the regular physical activity does help in the grand scheme of things, particularly in keeping your metabolism healthy. A healthier metabolism means that your body is better able to effectively and more consistently lose excess weight.
Just don’t trick yourself into believing that taking the stairs this morning is enough to burn off extra calorie bombs. The point is to work towards a more sustainable healthy lifestyle to keep fat from returning to your tummy in future, not sabotage yourself by adding new bad habits.
Keep It Short And Sweet
You’ve probably heard that you need at least three hours of solid exercise per week to see any significant weight loss. The keyword here, though, is ‘significant’. Try fitting at least one to two days of short 15 to 20 minutes of exercise per week for a few weeks. Your progress isn’t going to be as immediate if you start slowly, but it’s better than doing nothing at all.
Furthermore, you’d be struggling way less with way too sharp of a change in pattern to your schedule if you start slow. In short, don’t fret too much over how much time you need to set aside for exercise. Not all of us are naturally inclined towards sports; it’s okay to be human and go easy on yourselves. You would be better able to set yourself up for the long run this way, too.
You can do the same as well if you’ve been regularly working out before your schedule recently took a nosedive. Don’t be dismayed by the idea of cutting down on gym time. Your weight-loss progress won’t be all that hampered as long as you’re still sticking to a healthier diet.
Consider Exercising At Home Instead
Exercising at home can truly be a blessing and ever so achievable with the wealth of tutorials readily accessible on the internet. This way, you won’t even have to factor in additional time for your commute. Plus, this makes it so much easier for you to get other things done as you exercise, making full use of the time you have. Here are a few time-saving ways to consider:
Time Your Exercises Between Commercial Breaks
Anyone with poor multitasking or concentration power can easily overcome this by timing your exercises between commercial breaks. Perhaps this is less manageable with cardio exercise but it’s perfect for days dedicated to strength training.
Listen To Audiobooks As You Exercise
It’s true that audiobooks aren’t quite the same as a physical book in your hands. There’s a certain kind of joy that only comes with reading an actual tangible book. Still, listening to audio versions of books you want to read can be close to the real thing if you’re pressed for time. This also sets you up perfectly for exercising at home simultaneously. Now you won’t have to worry about showing up at your next book club meeting with nothing to contribute anymore!
Making It Part Of Your Bedtime Routine
At times, setting yourself up for bed can take more time than we hope for, especially if your stress levels have been keeping you up at night. By exercising at home, you can use it to destress and channel away anxiety from your busy lives just in time for sleep. Do this by setting your bedtime routine up by exercising for about fifteen minutes about a couple of hours before bed. This way, you can de-stress while fitting in exercise into your impossible schedules at the same time. Just remember to cool down with a nice shower and stay away from your electronic devices at least half an hour before bedtime.