Build fitness into your everyday
For most of us, life is pretty full-on. Whatever job you do, it’s bound to take up a big part of your waking week, and so time for exercise tends to get relegated to the weekend. For some of us, it’s even worse than that. We stop doing exercise ourselves and the closest we get to it is watching big sports tournaments on TV.
by FDWR Caption: Centre Court – where we hope to see Andy Murray take his second title this year
Not that there isn’t plenty of inspiration to be had from doing that. At the moment, for example, it’s the second week of Wimbledon and the world’s tennis stars are being put through their paces in SW19. Although Britain’s ladies are all out of the tournament now, Heather Watson’s performance will certainly have inspired many of us to dust off our rackets and have a few knockabouts this summer. And if the betting odds are anything to go by, the whole nation is willing Andy Murray on to make this the year he wins Wimbledon for the second time.
It’s generally the case that many women would like to focus on their fitness more than time or work allows them to, so what’s the solution? If you find that you don’t have time to keep fit, you have to be creative. One way to do this is adopt a different approach to fitness. Don’t view it as a separate activity that you have to make time to do, see it as something that you can incorporate into your daily routine.
For instance, you could leave the car in the driveway and cycle to work every day. Aside from being green, you’ll be being good to your body. It depends on how far you live from work, of course, but if the distance is too great, you could always choose a compromise. If you drive to work, park further away from the office and factor in the extra time you need to speed walk the rest of the way in each day.
by Rance Costa Caption: A workout session midway through the day can boost your energy levels
If you belong to a gym, it doesn’t have to be the one nearest to your home – which you may not feel like making the effort to go to after a long day at work. Check out the gyms local to the office and see what lunchtime sessions are available. You could either just use the facilities to go for a run on the treadmill or join a lunchtime class of yoga, Pilates or something more physically demanding, such as metafit. If you’re near to a park, see if there are any tennis courts for hire – and team up with a colleague or two. Exercising with someone else adds to the motivation. If it’s just you, then it’s easier to postpone your good intentions to exercise to another day. When it means letting someone else down, you’re less likely to cancel your plans.
A little bit of ‘BadBoy’ taught by Justin and instructors from Sportspace http://t.co/whixpt9dg0
— Justin Corcoran (@MetafitHQ) July 6, 2015
As you work fitness into your daily routine, you’ll find that it’s no longer an obstacle you have to get over (or around). Exercise is addictive – in a good way. Once you’ve reached a certain level of fitness, you’ll begin to crave those workout sessions. As and when you can get them, and you’ll find ever more creative ways to fit exercise into a busy lifestyle.