Friday, July 13, 2012

Fitness - No More Excuses!

Exercise is the key to living a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, in the lives of many women, there is little or no time left in the daily schedule to squeeze in a much needed workout.  Don’t fret! Whether you spend hours each day at the office or sitting in a classroom gaining knowledge for an upcoming career, there are unique ways that you can add fitness as a daily part of your routine.  Not having time is no excuse! Listed below are a few ways that fitness can be a part of your life without having to set aside time each day at the gym. 

·         Utilize your lunch break.  Instead of spending your lunch break at the local fast food joint, consider using this time to get a good workout in.  Eat a quick, healthy lunch at your desk and then hit the stairs! Spend 20 to 30 minutes climbing the stairs of your office building as quickly as you can.  This will burn calories and get your heart rate up to help improve your health.  Ask a coworker or friend to join you to help with motivation and to beat the monotony that often comes with exercising.  Encourage the whole office to get involved! 

·         Get your walk on! If you live within walking distance of your job, use this as an opportunity to get into shape.  Instead of driving or taking the bus or train to your work place, leave a little earlier so that you can make the walk.  Walking briskly for 30 minutes in the morning will boost your metabolism, help you lose weight, and keep you in shape. You can shed as many as 200 calories walking to work each morning.  What a great way to start the day! 

·         Clean! Then clean again! That’s right! Cleaning is a great way to get in shape.  Activities such as vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping are just a few of the many examples of cleaning that can help you get in your daily workout. So, the next time you have to spend the evening cleaning, turn on some tunes and give it all that you’ve got! The more rigorously your clean, the better your results will be. 

·         Dance the night away.  Those afterhours social gatherings can also provide the perfect opportunity for you to burn calories. Instead of just going out for drinks, invite your friends out for a night of dancing.  An hour of dancing will get your heart rate up and help you burn as many as 500 calories! 

“I don’t have time for exercise!” This is the number one excuse of women everywhere. Sure, you may not have time to fit in a workout at the gym into your daily schedule, but there are many creative ways to add fitness to your daily routine.  Use the tips listed above to help you get started.  Lastly, invest in a pedometer and challenge yourself to take more steps each day! What creative way will you find to add fitness into your daily routine?

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