written by Maral Misserian
For a lot of people finding the time to fit an exercise program into their busy schedule is the biggest obstacle getting in the way of them reaching their health and fitness goals. So how do you continue to work towards your goals and squeeze in a workout when it seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day?
Wake up earlier. Get up 20-30 minutes earlier than you normally do and use the extra time to exercise. Go for a walk in the neighborhood and complete body weight muscle conditioning exercises in your backyard like push ups, dips, squats and lunges. Just make sure to compensate for the earlier mornings by getting to bed earlier.
Workout anywhere. Whether you are at home, work, the cottage, a park, or traveling, you can always find exercises and equipment (or no equipment!) that will work for the location. For instance; workout in a park by using the benches, trees and monkey bars as equipment; start a lunchtime walking group with your colleagues in the stairwells/neighborhood of your office building; or pack a resistance band and skipping rope in your suitcase when you travel and complete a muscle conditioning and cardio circuit in your hotel room.
Focus on weekends. If week days and evenings are just too busy for working out, focus on longer workouts on the weekend when we usually have more time and flexibility in our schedules.
Focus on quality. Increasing the intensity of your workout allows you to decrease the duration of them while still getting the same results!
Be active while watching TV. Use hand weights, ride a stationary bike, or do a stretching routine during your favourite shows. Also, get off the couch to change the channel or adjust the volume.
Fit exercise in whenever you can. Take the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator; park farther away from your destination so you have to walk farther to the entrance; take stretch breaks at your desk; get off the bus a few stops early and walk the extra distance; complete household chores at a pace fast enough to get your heart rate up; etc.
7. Involve others. Include friends, family and coworkers in your workouts, join a sports team, or sign-up for a fitness class. Making a commitment to a person or team is a great motivator.
Want a delicious smoothie to go along with being fit?
Coconut Hemp Chilli Chill Smoothie
1 - 2 cups coconut water or water
1 ripe pear, chopped
1/3 cup cucumber, chopped
1 cup of kale or spinach, chopped
3 Tbsp hemp seeds
1/2 inch ginger root
pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
strawberry for garnish!! (optional)
Blend everything together until smooth.
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Maral Misserian is a Personal Trainer and soon to be a Holistic Nutritionist. Maral believes that the two essential elements of good health are exercise and proper nutrition. She combines these seamlessly into personalized programs for a healthy, and as a result, happy lifestyle for her clients.