Top Tips to Fit Exercise Into Your Day

January 22, 2017

Top Tips to Fit Exercise Into Your Day

Who has a New Year's resolution around health/fitness/wellbeing? [Raise your hand, yep you there]. Well, I certainly do, but my resolution to be healthy is a focus all year around, every year. I always prioritise my health - movement, wholesome food, relaxation, and quality sleep.

Follow-through is challenging, though. The trouble is generally not our willingness to live a healthy life - it's not the initial motivation that's a problem. The trick is to integrate healthy new habits and rituals into your day, to make it part of your lifestyle.

I've shared my top tips to integrate movement into you day. Choose the moments during the day that works best for you, and get planning!

  • First thing in the morning: Schedule in your exercise routine, whether at home or at the gym, first thing. When you wake up, don't give yourself a moment to make up excuses, just get moving. You'll be happy you did!
  • Right after work in the evening: If mornings aren't your thing, schedule your workout for when you get home from work instead. Personally, this is what's working for me right now (although I'm always dreaming of being a morning person one day). Exercise in between work and evening activities is a chance to 'reset' your mind, and have some me-time. Enjoy it, see it as a treat!
  • As part of your lunch/coffee break at work: There are many ways you can spend your break times during the day. If you're in a sedentary job, you're likely sitting down a lot. Use break-time to go to the gym, go for a walk or run. Anything is worth a lot.
  • Swap to a standing desk: You can alter your work environment to be healthier. Try standing up for some part of your day. It helps with your posture, and burns more calories than sitting!
  • While commuting: We spend way too much time in traffic or on public transport. Consider whether you can swap your car or bus for some powerwalking or cycling. If you live too far away to travel by foot, get off at an earlier stop and walk the rest of the way - or park a little way away from your destination.
  • During travel: If you're a lucky little adventurer and have a trip planned in your near future, explore your destination by foot. Avoid catching that Uber, and walk instead. You'll see so much more, and feel so much healthier!
  • Make it part of everyday tasks: Do ten squats while brushing your teeth, calf raises in the shower, star jumps while watching Netflix or during ad-breaks on TV, take the stairs... Find the little ways you can create healthy habits - make it part of your lifestyle. List all your normal routines, and brainstorm some ways you can integrate movement. Use your planner to track your new habits.

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The New Executive




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