You know you should exercise as part of your weight loss plan, but what if you have no time? With a family to look after, and a full-time job, you’re just too busy. But are you really? Let’s look at three ways you can fix that.
Firstly, let’s get one thing out of the way: there’s no need to become a gym rat to get the exercise you need. While an hour of exercise might be beyond most of us, we can all fit ten, twenty, or even thirty minutes in, as long as we’re organized.
1. Exercise First: Feel Better All Day
The key to getting your circulation zipping and feeling great all day is simple: exercise first.
When you’re just starting out, go for a quick walk around the block (or even half-way around.) Here are other simple ideas: use a fitness DVD, and just do ten minutes; use a step, and step up and down for five to ten minutes; or just skip rope.
After a couple of weeks of short sessions, extend your time to 20 minutes or even half an hour.
2. Exercise at the Office: Use the Stairs and Office Yoga
For those days when you’re so rushed that you can’t do anything before work, you can develop fitness routines for the office. Do desk yoga, or simply run up and down the stairs, or go for a fast walk (take your shoes from home) during your lunch hour.
Check out the new iPhone apps which offer yoga and other exercise routines which you can download — some routines are very short, just ten minutes, but they’ll get your blood flowing, and help your weight loss program.
You’ll feel better, and you’ll be energized all afternoon.
3. Exercise With a Friend (or the Whole Office) in Your Lunch Hour
Many workplaces offer fitness routines for employees. If your employer doesn’t, join with a colleague or two, and go to the gym for a fast session during your lunch hour, or after work.
Exercising with a friend makes you accountable, and you’ll enjoy exercising more too, when you have someone to exercise with.