A Balanced Week Is a Healthy Week
By Donna Stark
Are there days in which you catch yourself exhibiting those old college behaviors? You know, the ones where you would put off those very important study hours during the week, only to then cram everything in on Sunday night? Do you find yourself doing that with your workouts now? We all have those extremely full weeks of work and obligations, and sometimes many of us have to save our workouts for the weekend, but pushing too hard in too short of time can leave a person vulnerable to injuries. If you are a weekend warrior more often than not, it's time to balance your life!
Balancing Your Week
A balanced approach to exercise is always the best option if you want to maintain a certain level of fitness and reduce your risk of injury. Cramming a lot of physical activity into one or two days, especially if they are back-to-back, can leave your muscles and joints sore. The better option would be to focus on finding some balance between your work and your workouts during the week. Here are some suggestions.
- Use your lunch hour - Turn your lunch routine into a lunch workout by using that time to exercise too! Take a walk or climb some stairs either before or after you have eaten. It's a great way to get some added steps in without getting too sweaty for the rest of the day.
- Find a workout partner - Skipping a workout is difficult if you have someone doing it with you, so find someone to partner up with. It's easy to make excuses when you are on your own, but it's not as easy to make excuses to another person.
- Morning workouts - For as hard as it can be to wake up any earlier, morning workouts can be a lifesaver. They are a great way to get your exercise in before the kids wake up and they give you the perfect amount of energy to tackle the workday.
- Pack your gym clothes - Bring your gym clothes to work and don't go home without stopping for some exercise first! It is so easy to become distracted and busy with everything that needs to be taken care of at home, so get your workout in before you even step foot back into your house.
- Join a 24-hour gym - If your hours at work are scattered all over the place, join a gym that is conducive to your schedule. Having access to the right equipment, whenever you need it, is a great motivator and helps you maintain consistency.
Commit to It
When it comes to a healthy lifestyle, finding time to balance work and exercise is critical. It may take some getting used to, and you may have to establish new habits, but if you're committed, those fitness goals will be easy to reach!
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