These days we all seem to have very busy lifestyles and I know how difficult it is to fit fitness into an already busy schedule... What with work, school run, ironing, cooking, the kid’s homework, kid’s clubs and over time at work, where does it all end?
And coupled with the inevitable bad eating habits that always seem to accompany a hectic lifestyle like this - it all adds up.
But the fascinating thing about all of this for me is that it’s always health that people are willing to put last. In many ways, our health seems to have less priority and importance than anything else that is going on in our lives.
4 options for getting fitness into your life
What I always say to people when the ‘no time to exercise’ thing comes up is “you are your own person and you and you alone have the ability to make changes if you really want to”. If you neglect your health, then you could encounter a lot of health problems later in life, so take responsibility, take control and take action.
I find that most people do want to be fit and healthy but other than the time issue just don’t know where or how to start. So let’s look at your options.
Option 1. Personal Training
Exercising with a personal trainer is a great efficient way to save time. It also gives you piece-of-mind as you’ll be in safe hands. Your personal trainer will ensure that all exercises are performed correctly with the right number of sets and repetitions etc. Your exercise prescription will be based upon your personal goal for you to achieve your results in the shortest time.
Option 2. Joining a gym
This can be great for socialising as you will be with like-minded people with all the equipment you could ever wish for. You’ll also for getting practical advice from fitness instructors, the gym can be a good starting point. Most gyms will also offer fitness classes and even optional personal training.
Option 3. Exercising outdoors
Walking or jogging with a friend in a park is great way to get fit. It brings all the natural elements in to the workout – hills, wind, sun and of course rain. You may hear of a boot camp operating in a park near you. A boot camp is basically a fitness class outdoors and normally have a military theme, They also operate in all weather conditions.
Option 4. Exercise at home
This is another great time saver and an alternative to personal training. Find a time which is best for you and stick to it, first thing in the morning, as soon as you come home from work or even last thing at night. Whether you do a circuit of exercises, an exercise DVD or weight training – start off gently and work up as your fitness improves.
Remember - Rome wasn’t built in a day
I started fitness training in my bedroom when I was 14. My brother and I would do as many press ups and sit ups as we could just before getting in to bed.
But it’s never too late to start exercising, so give it a go.
As always, if you have any doubts regarding your health please consult your Doctor before commencing any exercise program.