It's no surprise that the biggest excuse that people have for lack of exercise is time. There are so many misconceptions about working out that you may have which might contribute to your choice to skip yet another workout. You might think you need to have equipment, be in a gym atmosphere, have ample time, or be in the best mood with all the energy in the world, but the truth is that you don't NEED all those things to have a successful workout or keep active. There are dozens of little tweaks you can make to your lifestyle that can easily help to increase your fitness level, calorie burn, and heart rate.
Let's start off by laying the idea that you have to be a in a gym every single time to rest. If your schedule is too hectic some days, don't forfeit your workout. Make it happen with the resources you have around you and make it efficient. Something is ALWAYS better than nothing. You can easily create a full body workout in your living room, your back yard, a park near work, etc. Here are a few full body workouts to get you started:
Find a wall and do some standing inclined pushups by letting your body fall towards the wall and push back off
Do walking lunges along the length of the building you work in
Use a random bench or chair for Bulgarian split squats
Interval training, Tabata, and certain body weight exercises, such as burpees, really get the heart pumping and burn a lot of calories in a short period of time
See how you feel after taking a short run around the area you work in during lunch. Be aware of what you like and dislike, too, though. If you HATE running or doing burpees, don't add that into your workout. Sometimes finding the motivation to even get up and do it is hard enough, so adding in things you can't stand doing might just push you to quit. There are always alternatives. On the other hand, if you are feeling it, push yourself to do the more challenging moves! No matter what way you decide to do it, you will feel more accomplished and better about yourself in the end. In addition to making the effort to getting a small workout in, try to make other changes that can increase calorie burn as well. Try these simple calorie burning changes this week:
Small changes like this really help to make a huge impact on your health.
Regardless of what your day looks like, stick to your schedule. If you decided to get a workout in at 5:00 pm everyday this week, do that. If you can, take home the extra paperwork at the end of the day instead of skipping your exercise or work out before work in the morning. If you are usually too tired for a workout, try going to bed earlier or taking a look at what you are eating/how much you are eating.
It's important to keep in mind that you may not always be in a positive state, having a great day. Those days, however, are arguably the most important days to push yourself and dig deep for motivation to get that workout, whatever it may be, in. Finishing a workout on those days will make all the other days seems a little more attainable and provide a true feeling of commitment. Working out and keeping active should always stay at the top of your priority list, regardless of what you have going on in your life. By taking care of yourself and striving to be the best possible YOU, success in life will be more attainable. Maintaining healthy habits and a consistent fitness schedule will help you be the person you want to be at work and at home.
Breanna is an ACSM certified Health Fitness Specialist and a degreed professional with her Bachleors of Science in Exercise Science. Breanna has a passion for helping others and for health and wellness. She is eager to help you reach your fitness and body goals, contact her by phone at 210-495-3131 or message on the website and get started today!