It doesn’t matter who you are. Whether you are a busy career woman or a full-time Mum, you should incorporate exercise into your everyday routine as a matter of course. Unfortunately, just the thought of working up a sweat after you have had a busy day can give you the jitters. Many of us are simply so exhausted come a home time that exercise is out of the question. Not the mention the plethora of other things you need to do too. However, the truth is exercise is of paramount importance if you want a successful career. That is because it can result in you having more energy and giving you a boost of self-confidence. It reduces the hormone cortisol in the body, which means you are better at dealing with stress too. The reasons to exercise are so many that you really should think about creating a exercise plan. This way, you can manage your time and include that much-needed exercise. Below are a few ways you can incorporate exercise into your bust life:
Cut Out the Excuses
We are all guilty of it. We have all said I’m too busy, I’m too tired, and felt guilty about it afterwards. We all know the only person you are fooling is yourself. If you can change your mindset, you are halfway there to getting fitter and feeling better.
A Work-Out Schedule
Take a look at your weekly rota and add in half an hour three times a week to devote to exercise. You need to put your physical well-being at the top of your priority list, and once you create a schedule, you need to stick to it. After a few weeks, you will find that this added item on your agenda becomes second nature.
Make Your Exercise Session Count
There is no point in getting to work and not making the most of this precious time. What are the parts of your body that you feel you need to work on most? Maybe you need to workout your upper body. Well, then create a regime that caters to that. Also, if time is a real issue and you are away a lot, perhaps you need something you can do anyway. Pilates or Yoga can be done in the privacy of a living room or hotel room, for example.
Find Something you Enjoy
If you are forcing yourself to do an exercise you hate, then it could be a short-lived lifestyle change. It would benefit you greatly if you found something that you actually enjoy. Whether that be a dance class, kickboxing, or hiking at the weekends. Alternatively, if jogging is what you want to do but are finding it difficult to get into, there are ways to make it more fun. Maybe take a little drive to that nature reserve, or get a friend to join you. You could download an app that can make the whole experience more enjoyable. Music is always a must when it comes to jogging too. It really can take your mind off the pain. As with anything, once you get over the initial – I don’t want to do this – which hinders almost everyone at the beginning of a exercise regime – you will soon start seeing benefits, and then you will find you can’t live without it.
How About Signing Up for a Competition
If you need a little more inspiration, more than just the simple – I’ll look better if I do this, then why not see if there is a competition you can participate in. There are plenty of jogging and cycling competitions as well as obstacle course events. Also, if you feel you need even more of an incentive, then why not see if you can do something for charity. Combining exercise with helping support a charity, you can get that feel-good factor that comes with helping out vulnerable people.
If you can download an app for your phone or buy a specifically created device to motivate you to do the exercise you are doing, you will be all the better for it. Timing your runs or bike rides, for example, can give you that boost you need as you will be able to see that you are improving. It can also tell you how many calories you are burning too. You can combine this app with a calorie counter which lets you know if you are actually burning more than you are eating. This is great if you are concerned with weight loss. Tracking your activities can give you a history, allow you to compare like for like and show you where you can improve.
Get the Family Involved
If you are finding it hard to keep up with your new exercise regime because of your family, why not include them. Exercising with other people can help you stick to the regime you have created for yourself, and it can make it more fun. Perhaps you could have a kick around in the garden a couple of nights a week, or maybe play some badminton or tennis. You could do something a little more involved at the weekends, like taking the kids swimming or going to a dry ski slope. Maybe each member of the family could have a go at choosing an activity, and everyone gets to do it. Remember that anything that gets the blood moving is helping you boost your activity levels and helping you keep up with your exercise rota. Getting the family involved also boosts the connection you have with each other. So it really is a no-brainer.
It’s The Small Things
If you find specific exercises difficult to do and stick to, remember that the small things count. Forget the lift and try taking the stairs instead whenever you can. This will get the blood going, especially if you have a few flights to climb. Or how about parking a little further away from the office. Even consider cycling to work, that will save you money too. How about walking to the corner store instead of driving there. If you can make small changes here and there, you will find that your energy and motivation levels will rise over time.