How many times have you told yourself that you don’t have enough time to exercise? You’re not alone. Most beginners suffer from the same problem – the assumption that they don’t have enough time to dedicate to exercise.
It’s time to get rid of that misconception. Everyone has the time to enjoy the benefits of exercise, as long as they tailor their exercise plans to their lifestyles.
Fitting Exercise into Your Week
A common mistake is assuming that you have to put yourself through a one-hour, high-intensity workout to enjoy the benefits of exercise. However, breaking your workout up into 2 or 3 sessions is commonly thought to be just as effective and it’s far easier to fit shorter sessions into your daily routine.
Most experts also agree that you don’t need a structured program to improve your health, but instead a conscious effort to integrate activity into your daily life. Plan your workout around your daily routine, rather than struggling to do the opposite.
Exercising as You Go
Many daily tasks can contribute to your exercise plan without knocking your plans off track. For example, a brisk walk around the mall is as much a workout as a brisk walk on a treadmill. Stretching during your favourite prime time sitcom is just as effective as waking up a half-hour earlier in the morning and forcing yourself through a flexibility routine.
If you find it hard to force yourself along to the gym at night, have an experienced trainer put together a programme for you using some inexpensive home equipment like resistance tubing or light dumbbells so you can workout at home.
A Complete Workout in a Day
It’s possible to fit a comprehensive exercise routine into a normal day without disrupting your normal tasks. Try scheduling half an hour of weight training at the gym during your lunch break. Walk home after work or take a fast paced waked around the neighbourhood before dinner time then carry out a short stretching routine while watching some evening TV. With such a simple tweak to your routine, you’ll have incorporated cardiovascular, resistance, and flexibility training into your day.
Spend some time thinking about your daily routine and find ways to work exercise into your schedule. You’re much more likely to stick to this flexible programme than one that forces you to reorganise your life around a new exercise routine.