Regardless of your best intentions, your commitments may place your health and fitness in the backseat. It is always easy to find reasons why you don’t have time to work out or eat more healthily, but when do those reasons become excuses – or are they already?
Becoming fit isn’t simply for heavy Olympic lifting competitors or elite athletes who invest hours at the gym or training outside to carefully chisel and form their perfect body shape. If life is hectic, squeezing in the time to exercise all while keeping your career and family high priorities might be a little difficult.
Prioritise Your Health and Fitness
Looking after yourself should be top of your to-do list. Without your own health, the rest will suffer too – your family, your job and your social life. Prioritise your health before anything else, and small steps will do.
Finding that balance between eating right and working out is all about the small steps and keeping it S.M.A.R.T. You can actually fit in fitness and exercise without barely even realising it. If you lead an already busy life, exercise might have to only be implemented in the most basic, simplest ways. However, it is possible to get moving on a daily basis.
Here are three ways that you can get in your exercise, even if you feel like you don’t have the time.
Hit the Natural Elliptical: Take the Stairs
You can always find stairs when you least expect them, need them or want them. Try and think right now how many buildings you enter in during your daily routine that have even one flight of stairs. If you consciously make the decision to take the stairs instead of the lift, it might take you a little longer to move about the building, but your body will benefit from the cardio.
Sweep the Back of the Car Park for Space
Instead of fighting for a parking space or wasting an ample amount of time driving around the car park looking for spaces close to the door, go ahead and park straight at the back of the car park. Not only will you eliminate the extra time you take looking for a space, but your stress levels will remain in control and you can also use the extra distance to put in a few steps. The increased amount of steps that accumulate throughout your day and your week will make a substantial impact.
Crank Up the Music and Tackle the Housework with Gusto!
Even a chore as mundane as housework can turn into a great fitness workout! Turn on the music and work in lunges, stretches or even a good dance routine as you dust, hoover and gleam your way from room to room. What a fabulous and moneysaving way to kill two birds with one stone?
Implementing these three tips once a day or in exchange for your normal routine, a few times a week can help you get your exercise in with these hidden “workouts” without even stepping foot in the gym.