A big factor in committing to a healthy you is exercise. Yet, self-determination is needed and when some things just get in the way of your goal like work, social life, and certain family obligations, time for exercise is neglected, and the health goal is also left abandoned.
A consistent and regular workout schedule has all the benefits you could ask for in all aspects of your life, but for a busy working girl like you, it takes a lot of effort in putting it into action and getting started. Let these tips below serve as your workout guide amidst hectic schedules.
Set Honest and Realistic Goals
If your exercise goal is weight loss, expect a more demanding schedule than those who simply hit the gym to maintain their figures and de-stress. As recommended by Biggest Loser Australia trainer Michelle Bridges, it is ideal to put in 50 to 60 minutes of exercise a day for six days a week. Experts would recommend at least 150 minutes of workout every week in order to minimize the threat of metabolic condition. So to speak, a total of two and a half hours of exercise a week is all you need to squeeze in your busy schedule.
Plan Your Workout in Advance
The key to workout schedule planning is to treat it like you would an important work meeting or event. Note your exercise schedule on your planner or incorporate it in your daily calendar of things to do because if you don’t, skipping workouts in lieu of other activities can be as easy as a snap of a finger.
Make It a Part of a Lifestyle
One good way to enjoy working out is to invite your friends or work colleagues and spend time in the gym with them. It is more fun to join workout classes together, go walking or jogging after work together, and indulging each other in healthy habits. This way, you need not worry about missing out on a date with your close friends or co-workers.
Keep Achievable Workout Sessions
If you are just getting started, you will not want to go overboard with intensive workout sessions and schedules. It will only set you up for failure as early as your first few days of exercise. Be kind to yourself and to your body by letting it adjust with light exercises at the onset before going for moderate to rigorous ones, and with just the right amount of time allotted for a day of exercise. You can gradually increase on the number of minutes you normally spend or add more days than you normally do if your stamina has improved.
Quick Exercises Matter
You can always the excuse of being too busy to spend time for workout, but consider changing your mantra to “A quick exercise is better than having no exercise at all.” Spending at least 10 or 20 minutes of exercise a day is good enough, and more worth the effort if consistently done.