With our modern hectic lifestyles we may feel as though we never have any time to fit anything in, let alone regular exercise, so here are some exercising tips at home.
We seem to be much busier these days than at any other time in history, and have to constantly juggle work, family, friends and other commitments. When we do have some precious free time, the last thing we feel like doing is working out!
It may surprise you, though, to hear that it is perfectly possible to fit your workout around your job! Here are some sneaky tips for finding the time to exercise during your working day that you didn't even know you had;
If you live quite close to your place of work, could you bike or even walk there sometimes? If you use public transport to get there, try getting off a stop or two earlier and walking the rest of the way.
If you do need to use your car, choose a place to park that's further away and walk into work.
Always use the stairs instead of the lift.
Walk around as much as you can during the day, especially if your job is sedentary. Go and talk to a colleague rather than emailing them. Take a break every so often and walk around; if you use a computer your eyes will thank you for spending some time away from the screen.
Utilize your lunch break; make the time to go for a walk. If your office is near to a public park then take advantage of this. If not, there should be somewhere you can go to have a walk around. Try encouraging colleagues to go with you; if you have company you are more likely to make the effort, and it could become a social event.
You may work near to a gym or leisure center, and be able to fit in a workout or swim during your lunch hour. Some offices even run a lunch time fitness class- check what's available where you work.
There are certain exercises you can do sitting in your chair; Tone up those glutes by clenching the muscles in your buttocks, holding for several seconds and relaxing. Do this several times every so often- nobody will know what you are doing!
You could even keep a small hand weight at work and do some arm curls whilst you are talking on the phone. If you can get hold of one of those foam 'stress balls', give it a good squeeze and hold for 20 seconds before relaxing. This will exercise your hands and fingers, which is useful if you do lots of typing.
If you wear trousers to work, buy a set of ankle weights and wear them during the day. You will get an extra work out and toned legs from just walking around, especially if you regularly use the stairs.
If you think creatively, you will probably find many more ways of fitting exercise into your daily routine. If you follow these exercising tips then there are no more excuses for not finding the time!