Ways to Incorporate Fitness Into a Busy Schedule
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On our daily to-do list, fitness often gets pushed to the bottom. But, by doing so you’re missing out on living a healthier lifestyle which can enable you to increase productivity at work, be energetic throughout the day, and experience happier moods. If you’re struggling to make time for fitness in your busy schedule, this article will explore simple steps through which you can start reaping the benefits of healthy living.
Embrace an Active Commute
One of the simplest ways to incorporate aerobic exercises into your routine is to ditch the cab and start walking or cycling to work. While this will require waking up early, it’ll allow you to create a healthy morning routine and get 15-30 minutes of exercise which one requires each day. For those who need to use public transportation to reach work, consider walking/cycling to the bus or train station or get off a stop earlier to get some extra walking time in.
An active commute in the morning will make you feel energized and improve productivity at work from the get-go. No longer will you be dependent on multiple cups of coffee to be awake, as the feel-good hormones released through exercise will help you feel happy and sharp. Similarly, in the evening, a brief walk home will help disassociate from work-related stress allowing you to wind down and enjoy spending time with your loved ones.
Be Active at Work
As reported by Corporate Wellness Magazine, Americans spend 11 hours a day sitting in a chair, the majority of which is at work. Living a sedentary lifestyle for a prolonged period of time can lead to various health issues such as – weight gain, risk of type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure, according to Medicine Plus.
Here are a few ways to stay active while at work:
- Develop the habit of taking stairs rather than the elevator. Even climbing 20-40 steps a day makes a big difference in the long run.
- Remember to stretch at periodic intervals, as it helps improve blood flow and overcome stiffness.
- Consider investing in an adjustable desk, which allows you to work while standing, helping you to avoid sitting for long hours daily.
Learn to Meal Prep
To live a healthy lifestyle, just exercising is not enough, you need to complement it with good nutrition and proper hydration which will prevent overeating. The basics of nutrition include eating a balanced diet, having three healthy meals daily, and using supplements to make up for deficiencies in your diet. As having a busy schedule may prevent you from cooking each day, meal prepping is the best option.
Meal prep includes cooking food in batches that last you a couple of days to a week, this can ensure that you eat healthy each day and do not need to depend on processed or store-bought meals even during work.
If you’ve never meal prepped before, here are the basics to follow:
- Research recipes online
- Plan your meals for the coming weeks in advance
- Buy ingredients in bulk, in addition to storage containers for finished meals
- Schedule a day in the week you’ll dedicate to cooking
Following these steps will allow you to incorporate fitness into your everyday routine and live a healthier lifestyle. When you’re ready to get serious about your fitness, be sure to visit Westcoast Fitness for personal training and exercise classes that will help you achieve all your exercise and health goals.
Author: Stephanie Haywood
May 23rd, 2022
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