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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

10 Ways To Fit Exercise Into Your Busy Life

10 Ways To Fit Exercise Into Your Busy Life
It is easy to fall into the trap of spending as much time making excuses for not exercising as you do on exercising itself! This is going to get you nowhere. If you are serious about looking after your health and safeguarding your future, you need to make exercise a part of your life. Together with a healthy diet, exercise will protect you from cardiovascular diseases such as strokes and heart attacks, diabetes and some kinds of cancer.
Yet, it can be so hard to fit exercise into a busy schedule. This is why so many people claim that they are ‘too busy’ to exercise. Here are 10 brilliant ways in which very busy people manage to fit exercise into their daily routines.
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  1. Join a gym near your workplace or your kids’ school
Once you get back home in the evening, it takes a lot of willpower to get back out! So, get some exercise done before you get back home. Check out gym locations on and join one that is close to your workplace. Head straight to the gym after work and complete your exercise session before you get home. If you have young kids, join a gym near their school. You can fit in a quick workout after dropping them off in the morning or picking them up in the evening.
  1. Get a dog
If you have a dog, you will have no choice about exercising. Your four-legged friend will be desperate to get out of the house for a runaround and will not leave you alone until they get what they want. Owning a dog can be great for both your physical and mental health. The fresh air and exercise will do you a lot of good.
  1. Exercise as you commute
This is something you should consider when you are choosing your place of work and where you live. A long commute in a car is dead time. A healthier option would be to turn your commute into an exercise session. This could be a brisk walk, a jog or a bike ride. You could carry your work outfit in a backpack, most workplaces have changing rooms and showers.
  1. Get up early
The early riser gets to fit in some exercise before the day starts! There are plenty of benefits to exercising early in the morning and it is one task ticked off your long list before you have breakfast! You only have to set your alarm for an hour earlier than normal to fit in a quick run or Pilates session.
  1. Use your lunch break wisely
If you work in front of a computer screen all day, it is not a good idea to spend all of your lunch break hunched over your smartphone. Why not use it for some exercise instead? Find out where the nearest park is and go for a brisk walk or a job. It will ease out your joints after being stuck behind a desk all morning. Then you can grab a healthy lunch to take back to your desk with you.
  1. Mini workouts at your desk
So many back problems are caused by poor posture at work. Even if you sit correctly and are provided with an ergonomic desk and chair, your body will suffer from maintaining a seated position for a long time. Set the alarm on your smartphone and take regular exercise breaks every 20 minutes. All you have to do is stand up, turn your neck from side to side a few times and circle your shoulders. This will release the tension in your neck muscles.
  1. Make your kids part of your exercise routine
Kids are not part of the problem, they are part of the solution. They love fresh air and exercise so you should learn to take advantage of that. Make bike rides and long walks part of your weekend activities. When you take them to the park, run around with them! If you are taking kids to a piano lesson or extra math lessons, why not walk or cycle there and leave the car at home. The school run should always be done on foot or on a bike if you possibly can.
  1. Make every second count
Did you know that you can multi-task when you are exercising? For example, when you are on the treadmill you are exercising your lower limbs but you could use this as an opportunity to exercise your arms as well! Take a three- to five-pound dumbbell in each hand when you get on the treadmill.  Then do some sets of arm exercises such as shoulder presses, biceps curls or triceps extensions for 60 seconds each. Rest and repeat two or three times. This can halve the time you need to spend in the gym.
  1. Go on an exercise date
Dates do not have to be about wine, restaurants, and flowers. Go on an exercise date with your special someone. It’s a great way to spend time together doing something that you both enjoy. It will motivate you to actually turn up and fit the session into your busy schedule. You find out a lot about someone by the way they exercise!
  1. Take the stairs
You can turn every aspect of your life into an opportunity for exercise! You can keep a track of how you are doing with some of the great exercise and activity trackers for smartphones. When you are waiting in line to pay at the store, do some pelvic floor exercises, lunges, toe raises and even squats! When you are at work or out and about, never use the escalator and always opt for the stairs. Approach the stairs as you would an exercise session. Power walk up them to get the maximum benefit. At the end of the day, you will be surprised by how many steps you have done and how many fights you have climbed!

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