Health & Physical Activity

4 Ways To Stay Fit Despite Being Busy

Everyone now knows the importance of moving. Globally, we have seen the launch of many campaigns, such as ‘Now We Move,’ ‘Designed To Move,’ ‘Let’s Move,’ ‘Better For It,’ and many, many more, which ultimately have one sole purpose.. To promote sports and physical activity in an ever-increasing stressful, busy, sedentary lifestyle. Why? Because by taking care of our health and ourselves, we strive to be a better, happier person with our families, friends, colleagues and communities but it sure isn’t easy with our busy schedules. Below, I have put together 4 tips on how to fit exercise into your daily routine – no matter how busy life gets.

1. Have a schedule & stick to it

I can’t even begin to tell you the number of times I have heard this excuse: “I am so busy at work today; there is no way I can make it to the gym.” Realistically, we are all always pretty much pressed for time but it is important to identify what your priorities are and what you are willing to sacrifice. Do a simple exercise by writing down your typical day and look at what days you can fit in training, then commit to it. Always remind yourself about the importance of working out.

2. Pick an exercise regime you fully enjoy

Having tried a lot of different types of exercises, I am now in tune with what I love and what just doesn’t work with me. Volleyball any time of the day but don’t tell me to run for no reason. I just can’t do it! One person’s volleyball is another person’s running, yoga, weight training, or dance. So make exercising enjoyable by choosing something you love. Make sure it suits your personality and lifestyle so it doesn’t seem like a chore. If you are still not sure about what form of exercise you love, experiment and try them out (with a friend for a few laughs) until you find what works best for you.

3. Exercise anytime, anywhere

A bit of exercise is better than none at all. Exercising doesn’t need to take thirty minutes or one hour. Some bodyweight movements or short online workouts (with the help of apps), early morning, during your lunch break, while watching TV, or after a long work day can do wonders! Short and speedy workouts, done frequently can be very effective to both the mind and body.

4. Take advantage of the weekends

We usually have less stress, less clock pressure and more energy during the weekends so try to get a good 60-minute training session in. Incorporate weight training, aerobics, or one of your favorite sports game with friends to start the week relaxed and healthy. If you can aim for two 60-minute weekend workouts and one 30-minute workout during the week then you would have achieved the weekly exercise recommendation of 150-minutes.

Now get up and move 😀

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