Stay in Shape Even When Youâ€™re Busy
By Sara Butler
Sometimes you might want to exercise but simply can’t find the time to do it. Or maybe you were cruising along with your daily exercise routine but got derailed by a big promotion, project, or vacation. These are common complaints among people who know they should exercise but don’t think they have the time. The good news is it’s easier than you think to work in a workout. Here’s how!
The Benefits of Physical Activity
There are amazing benefits to exercise! It helps to insulate your brain from the risks of stroke, increases your neural pathway conductivity, improves your mood and also improves your sleep. Your veins and arteries become more elastic and your circulation improves. Your lungs become more efficient at gas exchange, and you experience more oxygen in your blood as a result.
As if those benefits aren’t enough, your metabolism will increase, and if you have any insulin sensitivity it can help to improve it, along with nutrient uptake. Your fat storage decreases, your energy production becomes more efficient and your resting metabolic rate becomes higher. Not to mention you beef up those muscles and increase your bone density when you exercise.
How You Can Work Out
When you’re feeling stressed and busy and you think there’s no way you can accomplish a workout, use some of these tricks to help.
First, keep your workout gear (resistance bands, other gear, and clothes) someplace you will see them daily. Behavior triggers such as this make it a more automatic behavior and something you have to think about less and less.
Also, think about how you view your workouts. You can’t look at your workout regimen as a punishment or a chore. Viewing it in a positive light will help keep your stress levels about exercise in check and reduce your desire to skip it, or do it and reward yourself with a piece of chocolate cake after you do.
Easy Exercises You Can Do Anywhere
A few exercises that can be done right in your living room or in your office over lunch include:
- The Bear Crawl – For this exercise start on your hands and feet, pushing down on your toes to bring your knees toward off the floor. Then as you keep your pelvis steady and centered, crawl with your left arm moving forward as your right leg does and so on.
- Planks – This is an easy and great way to build core strength. All you have to do in order to plank is put your hands directly underneath your shoulder with your fingers forward and your toes in contact with the floor as you hold your body in a straight line – don’t push that butt up!
- Squat – For this you simply need to stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Put your arms out in front of you and engage your core muscles as you lower your hips as far down as you can, making sure to keep your knees aligned with your toes, driving weight back onto your heels.
That’s it! Give it a try!