"A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools"
Finding time to exercise can be difficult, but it is worth every minute you can invest into it. Not only is it great for you, but it sets a powerful example for other people including your own children. When your children see you moving, they want to move too. Here we have put together a few tips on how to fit exercise into your daily routine, no matter how busy you are.
Pick efficient and convenient work outs
Try aiming for just 10-20 minute sessions a day and do what fits best with your schedule. If going to the gym does not work for you right now, stick to a online workout or DVD. If you can not manage either, try a brisk walk around your neighborhood. Put your gym equipment where it will be used in your home, not in a rarely used and inconvenient basement. Pick a kind of work out form that you can do almost anywhere, whether you are traveling, at the office or getting home late. Ideally, this will be a form of exercise that does not require much preparation and that accomplishes significant physical gains in a short period of time. High-intensity interval training, bodyweight exercises, brisk walking and running are all great choices. My favorite work out when I am pretty busy is simply walking. I can decide what my best performance speed for burning out calories plus I can always do some work while walking such as calling people, replying emails, take notes or posting on social media ;-). Here are some other efficient work out examples
Stick to your own likes and dislikes
I am sure by now you might be thinking something like “I hate running! or I hate going to the gym!” and that’s okay. We each need to be realistic and to know ourselves. One person’s running is another person’s yoga, weight training, or dance. Flexing your self-discipline muscles is often necessary when it comes to exercise, but make it easier on yourself by choosing a form of exercise that fits your lifestyle, personality, and your personal taste. Are you not sure what you love to do? experiment with different forms of exercise until you find what works best for you.
Find what motivates you to get moving and incorporate that. Music can be a powerful motivator. Create a playlist that you can turn on while you do workouts. Others are motivated by having a workout buddy or making a daily date with a girlfriend at the gym. If you have an older child that can be your workout buddy, it will help you build up that relationship and stay physically active at the same time. Whatever it is, find what motivates you and get your body moving. Need motivation? check Virtual Personal Trainer's "Motivate Me" channel.
Engage on competitions
When it comes to being successful at work, collaboration is a key. On the same token, when we are trying to motivate ourselves to exercise on a regular basis, competition has its merits. It is possible to find a competition suitable to any skill level in almost any sport now a days. Whether you are part of the elite, a beginner, or somewhere in between, there is something there for all of us. Sign up, set a goal, and keep notice what it does to you. Even odds might be good, it might be the push you need to keep yourself in the game.
Make a schedule and commit to it
One of the most common reasons to skip a workout goes something like this: “I am very busy at work today; I can’t make it.” If you unexpectedly had to pick up your child from school and had no back-up plan, how would you deal with the situation? Cancel an internal meeting? Take some work home with you? The truth is that most of us when we really need to, we get out of the office at the time that is necessary. Find the times that work best for you and do it every single day. Do not do the workouts when you think you should workout, but do it when it is best for you and your family. Make a schedule (write it down might help!) and stick to it. Keep reminding yourself that working out is a priority worth keeping.
Track your activity
Make a note in your mobile device or calendar every time you work out, and add up your workout sessions at the end of each session or at least in a weekly or monthly bases so you can monitor your progress and identify areas for improvement. Measuring your activity levels and ideally keeping notes on your progress can help you to stay on track and keep motivated.
Something is always better than nothing
You do not need a complete hour, or even 30 minutes, to get a complete, effective workout. Some exercises are virtually always better than none. Even seven minutes can make a difference! We can always find a few free minutes in our day (yes, we can!). With an effective program, and done frequently enough, short and speedy workouts can do wonders to both the body and mind. Squeeze in fitness wherever you are and no matter how much time you have with bodyweight exercises or with the help of apps with pre-programmed short workouts, you can even do some exercises at your desk!
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