Thursday, 11 February 2016

Need More Hours In Your Day For Exercise?

With the best will in the world, sometimes fitting in regular exercise can be a real struggle after all your other responsibilities. After work, family, school run, housework, cooking, cleaning etc the last thing you want to do is go to the gym and exercise. This is where it is no use as fitness professionals banging on about how you should make your health your priority. Sometimes its just not possible to get to the gym everyday. 

I will hold my hands up and say that I have this problem too and complete understand and share this difficulty.

As fitness professionals we need to come up with alternatives to help you stay on the fitness bandwagon when your 9 to 5 and probably some hours beside are already spoken for.

The easiest way to fit exercise in is to walk to work instead of taking the car, or if you have to drive the car try parking it a little bit further away from work so you have to walk that little bit further. Get off the bus a stop earlier to get a ten minute power walk in on your way to work. Do a mini core circuit 2 or 3 times a day (you can easily do this in 5 minutes). (I will be giving you some small workouts that you can do in your lunch break in a few weeks).

One which I like to do and which I am currently doing as I am writing this is sitting on a swiss ball rather than a chair. This will help you to engage your core muscles and improve your posture all day long. Improve your flexibility with regular stretches at your desk. 

Keep hydrated by having a glass of water on your desk in front of you, every time you finish the glass  walk to the kitchen to fill it up.  

Get out and take the dog for a slightly longer walk and faster walk to increase your heart rate, take the kids to the park and have a play with them pushing them on the swings and roundabout.

When you do have some free time at the weekend, or maybe one evening a week, get to the gym or outside and put some hard yards in. Two or three quality sessions per week, combined with general daily activity and a healthy balanced diet is enough for most people to stay in good shape.

Food prep wise, use half an hour of your spare time at the weekend to prepare and plan your meals for the week ahead so you know what you are having when.

Just because you are unable to get to the gym on a daily basis, doesn't mean that you should give up on your health and fitness goals altogether.

If you would like more support in your fitness journey then why not think about personal training with PB Fitness CLICK HERE to see how we can help you.

Many thanks for reading


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