Everyone knows by now that it is important to keep fit and maintain an active lifestyle in order to live life to the fullest and generally be happier with yourself. Not only will you feel good about yourself, but you'll be healthier and more confident. The problem though, is many of us don't have the time to exercise as much as we would like to.
It doesn’t matter how busy you are, you should be able to enjoy the benefits of a fit and healthy lifestyle. In this article, we have included a number of tips to help you stay fit regardless of your busy schedule.
There are tons of workout routines you can try out, but as a busy person, your best bet is to go with something you can do anywhere. A quick search online should reveal a few exercises that you can do within a couple of minutes whether you are getting home from the office late or have to travel for work.
Look out for routines that do not require too much equipment or preparation but still help you achieve significant physical gain in little time. Running is good, and so are bodyweight exercises, Tabata training, and high intensity interval training (HIIT).
Your ideal workout time might be somewhere between 30 minutes to an hour but you really don't need that much time to get a complete workout. Don't use the excuse of “not having enough time” to avoid exercising entirely. Even exercising for five minutes once or twice a day will do the trick. Go for short and speedy routines and make up your mind to squeeze in fitness whenever you can and wherever you are.
Forget the Stuff you Don't Like
Even if something is good for us, chances are we will not get it done if it's something we are really not interested in doing. If you hate running, then don't run. If you're going to successfully fit exercise into your daily routine, you have to be realistic and honest with yourself about what you prefer.
If you prefer to dance or do yoga, go with that. It's hard enough to commit yourself to exercising as often as you can, so do your best to make it easier. There are loads of options, so experiment and find out what works for you.
Measuring really does help everything get better. It is important that you note how much you are exercising so you know if you are making any progress. Monitoring your activity levels will also help you identify where you need to improve. A simple way to do that is to make a note in your calendar every time you work out. At the end of every week, month, and year, add it all up and see where you are. It's not going to be easy, but if you care that much about fitness, you should do it.
Commit to a Schedule
You are reading this article because you want to stop avoiding exercise using the excuse of being too busy. Before you can commit to a schedule, exercise has to be pretty high up your priority list. Once you decide that it is one of the most important things in your life, design a schedule, but a realistic one. It is better to write it down and perhaps take it with you wherever you go. Commit to this schedule by making sure nothing else gets in the way. After all, you would leave everything you were doing to attend an emergency meeting at work, won't you?
Learn Some Quick Recipes
Keeping fit is as much about exercising regularly as it is about maintaining an appropriate diet. As a busy bee, chances are you won't have the time to cook and that makes it easier to fall into the trap of having to buy fast food or eating other unhealthy foods because they are easily available. There are quite a few quick recipes out there that you can try, so look out for some healthy dishes you can cook in less than 10 minutes. Your freezer can really come in handy here.
Incorporate Active into your Lifestyle
No matter how hard you try, sometimes, it's going to seem simply impossible to find the time to exercise or make it to dance class. What you can do is try your best to incorporate activity into your lifestyle.
There are several ways you can do this, for example, walk home instead of taking a cab, or go swimming with your buddies instead of meeting up at lunch. There is an endless list of ways you can incorporate activity into your life. As long as you have made the decision to do it, it shouldn't be a problem. Combined with your effort to squeeze bits of exercise into your busy routine, you should be good.
If you can manage as much as 15 to 20 minutes of exercise in a day, you can opt for supersets instead of taking rest periods between sets. Doing that will cut your exercise time by about half. When you choose to do supersets instead of taking rest periods, what happens is after one set, you do an alternative exercise that works the muscles that were rested in the previous set while resting the muscles that were worked. You can make a list of exercises to alternate and turn it into your routine, so you don’t waste even more time deciding how best to alternate what.
On a final note
Take one or two of these tips you think will work for you and try them out. You can bookmark this page and keep coming back if you need to try out a new tip. Remember, slow and steady wins the race. Don't give up and before you know it, you'll be living a fit and healthy lifestyle that will make you truly happy.