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How To Exercise Amidst A Busy Lifestyle

05 Mar 2021
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We all know the importance of exercise. Yet, many of us struggle with making time to workout, no thanks to the busy schedules most of us have. 

When you have another long day at work, your kids demand your attention, your boss is chasing you for your monthly report, and you get another last minute assignment, exercise is understandably the last thing on your mind. But it shouldn’t be that way, because it’s during these stressful times that exercise can greatly help improve your mood and overall well-being. 

So how can you make time for exercise when life always feels crazy? Here are a few ideas to try out: 

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1. Workout during your lunch break

Combining fitness and lunch is one of the best ways to incorporate exercise into a busy lifestyle. It will take some planning, but it can be done and is easier than you think. 

Pack your gym bag with everything you will need for the day, and dress in clothes that will make it easy for you to change into your workout gear. And don’t forget to pack your lunch (yes, you still need to eat!). Prepare something quick and simple that’s also high in protein to keep you full and satisfied throughout the afternoon. There are plenty of recipes out there, like these.   

Make your lunch workouts more fun by roping in one or more of your colleagues. After all, exercise + friends = a powerful combo. Choose a fitness class you’ll all enjoy. Besides having a good time,  you and your colleagues will also benefit from being each other’s cheerleaders, which helps in keeping you all motivated, and perhaps even encourage a little healthy competition during your workouts.

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2. Walk instead for short distances between your destinations 

Exercise doesn’t always have to take place in a gym. On days when you are super busy, you can still sneak in a workout during your commute to work and while at the office.

For example, park further away from your usual spot and walk to your workplace. Use the stairs instead of the lift. Take occasional breaks away from your desk and go for a walk around the block.

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3. Schedule your workouts and commit to it

Make time for exercise by including your workout sessions in your calendar, just like how you schedule your meetings and other appointments. 

Doing this will help make your workouts much like anything else you do daily, like brushing your teeth and taking a shower. Before long, packing your gym bag for the next day will become a habit. 

4. Join the closest gym to your workplace or home 

If you join a gym that is far away, you are more likely to miss one or more sessions, and use your gym’s location as an excuse to skip your workouts. 
So choose one that’s located near your office or where you live. That way you can workout at your convenience, and the frequency of your gym visits will increase significantly. 

Staying active each day is one of the most important things you can do for your health. We hope the tips above will help make it easier for you to fit exercise into your daily life, no matter how busy things get. 

While you work on getting more physical activity to protect and maintain your health, it’s also important to have sufficient health coverage for times when you need access to medical treatment. 

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