Have you ever uttered the words ‘I don’t have time to exercise’? Or struggled to find the motivation to exercise after a long day at work? If you’ve answered ‘yes’, then you’re not alone.
We all know that exercise is good for our health, both physically and mentally. Regular exercise can increase bone density, improve muscle health, reduce your risk of chronic illness, boost your brain and improve sleep. In fact, exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of depression and dementia by up to 30%.
To help you benefit, here are some simple ways to balance work and exercise for a healthy, happy life.
Schedule Your Workouts
Maybe you would love to workout three times per week but you’re struggling to keep your commitment. One easy way to help you incorporate exercise into your routine is to schedule it. Treat your exercise just as you would a meeting or appointment by scheduling a walk, home workout or gym session into your calendar.
Use Your Time Wisely
When you think about exercising, what do you imagine? If your thought process involves long, gruelling workouts, then it could be time to start exercising in a new and faster way. Studies have highlighted that exercising for just 15 minutes per day can increase your lifespan. This certainly sounds more manageable than spending an hour in the gym!
Consider Your Routine
The idea of waking up early and getting in a pre-work workout may sound fantastic in theory but it’s not always practical in reality. To make your exercise routine stick, it’s crucial to consider the rest of your life. For example, are you a morning person or do you need coffee to get going? When choosing your workout schedule, pick a time that fits into your existing lifestyle.
Choose Something That Interests You
Some people love going to the gym but running on a treadmill is not for everyone. When it comes to exercise, there are so many options to choose from that cater to every interest. If you love reading about rugby, why not get out there and play? Or if swimming is your thing, why not sign up for a membership at your local pool?
Incorporate Some ‘Deskercise’
If you’re really pushed for time and your schedule is packed, exercising at your desk could be the perfect solution. This could include a standing desk and a treadmill so you can walk while you work or a few simple movements throughout the day. For example, at the end of each hour you could do some stretches, a few push ups or squats.
Despite the numerous physical and mental health benefits, it can be difficult to incorporate a workout into your busy schedule. However, whether you choose a quick 15-minute session or opt to schedule your workout, these options provide an easy way to balance work and exercise.