Fitting exercising into your busy schedule
Physical activity is an important part of being healthy, but a lack of time and motivation are two big reasons people don’t exercise.
But doing something is always better than doing nothing. And anyone can find 10 – 20 minutes each day, especially if you do exercises that make the most of the minimal time you have. Interval training is a good option for this. This is exercise that has bursts of high intensity, followed by a slower pace and then a return to high intensity.
There are many different ways to do interval training. It can be done at home, outside or at a gym. A good example of interval training is five minutes of warm up, then for the next 10 minutes alternate between 15 second periods where you go as fast as you can with 45 seconds at a moderate pace. Do 10 – 15 repetitions and you’ll easily fill 20 – 30 minutes.
Physical activity in the morning is a great way to jump start your day, but if it becomes a choice between sleeping and getting up to exercise, many opt to sleep. But you don’t need a lot of time, try for just ten minutes. This could be jogging, hopping on the treadmill or bike, or skipping – all activities that rev up your metabolism and burn calories.
If you find it difficult to fit exercise into your day, park your car farther away and walk to work, or even better, bike. At lunch, take a 15-minute walk and if you can, find a walking buddy for company and to help keep you motivated. If you work from home, make sure you take time out to go for walks, or do other activities like Pilates or yoga.
Including exercise into your life means better physical health, a decrease in stress and a strengthening of your immune system which can make you less prone to sickness.