Finding Time to Be Fit

Jan 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
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Life can sometimes be tricky when you have to balance children, a day job, household chores, friends, and doing your part for the environment. It can make you feel so busy and tired at the same time. Some people say that 24 hours in a day is not enough! To chase their dreams, many career women neglect their bodies and exercise. They don’t have time for themselves. There is no time to exercise in the rush of things. Stop, slow down and resolve to make 2010 your year! No more excuses.

You have to make fitness your priority. Think of your health as an investment. It’s extremely important to maintain a sustainable fitness level when you are busy. Not only will you feel good, you will also feel better, too. If working out at the gym everyday is not an option for you, then get there at least two to three times a week and then include “fitness” into every day. Take the time to get out in nature and appreciate your surroundings. Make it a priority to work out-to move-to be in nature.

Maintaining a fitness program is to know that you can exercise anywhere. You don’t always have to go to the gym; although, it’s best to always have a pair of sneakers in the car or with you because there may be some instances where you get the chance to exercise—take advantage of it. Crunches and push-ups are both great exercises to maintain your strength and can be done anywhere. Here are some other suggestions that you can try so that you can stay fit and healthy all year long, inside or out.

• If you drive, park the car in the farthest parking space possible. By doing this, you will be walking more-in turn getting more exercise while getting some fresh air.

• Get into the habit of dancing. You may be surprised at how many calories you can burn through this activity and your partner will love the idea of going out dancing.

• Join charity events that include walking or biking. There are several organizations launching these kinds of events all of the time. They cater to different levels of fitness and it’s also a great way to make friends and expand your circle and be outside.

• Play with your children-they’re so much fun! This will give you a good opportunity to spend quality time with them and also burn some calories. Some fun, carbon neutral activities this time of year can include, snow shoeing, skiing, hiking, sledding or snow ball fights!

• Take the stairs and skip the elevator.
• If you are watching television or just sitting on your work desk, raise your legs or arms and hold for a few second, and repeat-remember to look out the window and enjoy the view and take a few cleansing breaths.
• Stress balls are quite effective and have been known to improve blood flow, flexibility, and relieve tension. You can take them with you to work, on walks out in nature or while watching television with the family.

• One of the best multi-tasking exercises is to do chores around the house; they have to get done anyway. Some fitness-y chores include working in the garden, shoveling show, raking leaves, sweeping floors, and running the vacuum. Although doing chores won’t take the place of vigorous exercise, it can help you move and at the same time put your house in order.

If you have a hectic lifestyle, it’s best to stay fit to keep things in balance. There are a lot of physical, emotional and spiritual benefits to experience when you find time for fitness. Follow a routine that can allow you to have time for yourself and your family and include at least thirty minutes of exercise each day. Be conscious of the fact that you are burning calories and strengthening your body and you will feel so much better about yourself. Remember that health is a priceless commodity. Don’t neglect it.

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Life can sometimes be tricky when you have to balance children, a day job, household chores, friends, and doing your part for the environment. It can make you feel so busy and tired at the same time. Some people say that 24 hours in a day is not enough! To chase their dreams, many career women neglect their bodies and exercise. They don’t have time for themselves. There is no time to exercise in the rush of things. Stop, slow down and resolve to make 2010 your year! No more excuses.