There isn’t a lot of time in our stressful lives for exercise. We already use every hour of the day to finish work, look after the kids or just relax. There’s always something in the diary. There’s always a reason you can’t make it to the gym this week. It doesn’t take long to lose any fitness you did have. That weight soon creeps back and you fall out of the routine. What you need is a simpler solution.
In the absence of the gym, you need quick and easy ideas for staying fit. You need things that can fit around your hectic schedule and keep you in check. The good news is that this is easily achievable. You don’t need to hit the treadmill for hours on end to stay fit. However, you will need to put in some effort. Nothing happens unless you make changes. Luckily, the changes we’re suggesting aren’t too strenuous.
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It’s a simple suggestion, but most of us simply don’t sleep enough. Getting a solid eight hours keeps our bodies healthier and in better shape. This is partly down to how our body digests food during the night. Hitting the hay earlier will help fend off those late night cravings. When we eat late, our metabolism is already slowing down. This means that it can’t be digested and used efficiently. Eating at the correct times of day and getting plenty of sleep will help keep the weight off. It will also give you more energy and help your motivation. That can only be a good thing.
In order to maintain a regular fitness level, you only need to raise your heart rate for 30 minutes, three times a week. When you look at it like that, it doesn’t seem so hard does it? You can achieve this by walking a little bit every day. Instead of powering up the car, try walking or cycling to work instead. If that’s not possible, join a club like walking football or just take a morning walk before breakfast. It doesn’t have to be strenuous, just push your heart rate every now and then.
Working out doesn’t have to mean expensive gym membership and modern equipment. There are plenty of exercises you can do at home that will give you the same effect. Some of these you can do while watching TV or cooking the dinner. Use the commercial breaks as a timer for push ups, squats or ab crunches. Try skipping rope during your favourite TV program or doing an aerobics DVD with some music on. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel for such a simple workout.
Staying fit is all about doing regular bursts of exercise. It’s so easy to fall out of the habit when life gets busy. That’s completely understandable, but try to work it around your existing lifestyle. Health all starts with your sleeping and eating patterns. Try to get eight hours a night and take a fresh look at your diet. Then simply increase your heart rate three or four times a week with simple exercises.