5 Ways to Fit Exercise into Your Life
As a women on the run I know how hard exercise is to fit into your life. But have you ever stopped for a moment to think about the importance of five easy ways to fit exercise into your life so that it makes a huge difference to your health, fitness and happiness. It is extremely important to select an exercise program that will be well-suited to your lifestyle.
An early run
Exercise is a great way to wake up your body so when you get up in the morning rather than walking straight to the shower put on your trainers and go for a brisk walk, or quick jog, for no more than 10 minutes. By the time you get into the shower you will hardly remember the 10-minute jog but your body will feel energized and ready for the day. Stretch the run to 15 or even 30 minutes when you are feeling more adventurous and you can get most of your exercise out of the way before you have really woken up!
Take the stairs
It may seem like an obvious point but if you remember to walk up the stairs every day then you will be amazed by how much good it does you. It will help to tone your thighs and bottom area and doing it four times a day is the same amount of exercise as walking for 30 minutes.
Break down exercise sessions
By breaking exercise up into small parts of the day you can fit it around your schedule and avoid having to spend hours in the gym. Do three repetitions of 20 sit-ups, push-ups or jog on the spot for five minutes. Such exercise can be a great way to de-stress at work as well as give you an energy boost.
Find something you enjoy that doesn't make you feel guilty when you miss it. In that way getting fit doesn't have to mean a gruelling exercise class or hours slaving in the gym. Next time your friend suggests lunch why not suggest meeting for a swim and then lunch after. You don't have to do strenuous lengths; instead swim slowly and chat to your friend and before you know it you have done more than enough exercise to justify a tasty lunch. Renting a bike and cycling is another great, fun activity, especially if you are looking for something the whole family can do together.
Walking is really great exercise. It tones different muscles to running ones, and in some ways it is more beneficial as puts less strain on your body. Try fitting more walking into your everyday routine on your way to work, at lunchtimes or in the evening to destress. You will be surprised at how quickly you see a difference in your body and health.