Squeezing in fitness activities to your everyday life is not often an easy thing to do. That’s why it’s so important to make the most of the opportunities you do get to work out and stay healthy.
This guide will show you some great ways to fit in some exercise to your daily activities.
1. The Commute To Work
If you live and work in a city or are close enough to your workplace, then why not cycle? Cycling is a great thing to do at the start of the day; not only does it improve your aerobic fitness and health, but it also wakes you up and makes you more vitalised for a new day!
When cycling you can either cycle at a constant speed for aerobic fitness or you can try outburst training: Cycling at a normal pace with bursts of power and speed at different intervals. It helps to increase your anaerobic fitness.
A typical burst workout is shown below:
Normal speed (60%) 3 minutes
100% sprint 30 seconds
Repeat 5 times and increase over time as you improve in your performance.
2. Lunchtime Run
Depending on how long your lunch break is, this may be the perfect time to fit a run into your day.
Take a set of running clothes to work and get changed at lunch. If you can get out and go for a run, then it should be done!
Lunch can often be one of your free moments in a day, so even if it’s only for twenty minutes then you can revitalize yourself and get down to some much needed “you time” on a run!
Pack your lunch as well, trying to stick to the healthy options. Stodgy food from takeaways is not good for you (obviously), but also makes you less ready to work. Whereas fresh, healthy food keeps your concentration levels high and you mind focused.
3. Exercise at Home
At the end of a working day when you don’t feel like driving to the gym…
Why not invest in a treadmill or a cross trainer that will help you burn fat in the comfort of your home. This way you can work out while enjoying comforts such as the TV and radio.
You can also eat straight afterwards and not have to worry about transport, or leaving the children at home on their own!
4. Change Your Social Gatherings into Workouts
Everyone likes to chill out with friends from time to time; be that going to the movies, heading off to the pub, or going to the football!
Try and make the leisurely part of your social meet up a reward for some hard work. For example, have a thirty minutes weight session or run with your friends and then head off to your choice of down time.
Working out with friends is also a good way to motivate one another and offer support when it is most needed. You can take satisfaction when you relax, knowing that it is hard earned!
5. Turn Chores Into Exercise
If you have the unenviable task of doing some housework then why not get it out the way as quickly as possible?
Time yourself to see how quickly you can tidy up, hoover and dust everything in your house…you would be surprised with the sweat you work up!
Try and be inventive and creative with different tasks you have to do. Such as running with the dog instead of walking, or cycling to the shops instead of catching the bus.