Exercise is a good way to keep fit and stay healthy. You need to know the goals of why you want to exercise.
You will not be motivated if you are just exercising for the sake of exercising. Read on to know how you can exercise even with a busy schedule.
Why do you want to exercise?
You should have a clear view and goal of why you want to exercise. You may want to exercise to lose weight or to keep fit?
Either way, you can exercise for both aspects anyway.
It will be quite tricky to fit in a short exercise session into your busy schedule, but where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Doing a ten minutes exercise session will be better than doing nothing:
You can exercise even without any sporting equipment. You don’t need to specifically go to a park or to a gym just to exercise, you can do it at home!
You may argue that you don’t have time to exercise, think about it, everyone has the same 24 hours each day. I am sure there is at least 15 minutes of free time you can use to exercise.
Exercise can be done at anytime and it is possible for you to exercise early in the morning or at night, or whichever time period you are comfortable. Exercising at night is safe and you need to experiment it for yourself.
First of all, if you are so busy working whole day without any room to breathe, are you even managing your time properly?
I guess not, you need to know that time management is key to exercising on a frequent basis with a busy daily schedule. Schedule your daily activities and prioritise it.
What exercise you can do?
Here is the tricky part, there are different types of exercise you can utilise. The low intensity ones and the high intensity ones.
If you don’t pant like mad after your exercise, then it is low intensity, otherwise it is high intensity.
Have you been in a situation whereby you are in a hurry and ran upstairs just to find yourself running out of breath? You just did a high intensity exercise without you knowing.
You can do some high intensity exercises
High intensity interval exercises are a great way to burn those extra calories in a short exercise session.
This type of exercise is meant for the intermediate and advanced people wanting to up their cardio game.
If you are a beginner, I recommend you start with the low intensity exercise first. These are some examples of high intensity exercises that you can do at home without any equipment:
- Jumping jacks.
- Running on spot.
- Jump squats.
- Rope skipping.
- Butt kicks.
- Mountain climbers.
- Jump lunges.
Furthermore, high intensity exercises are not limited to these, you can go for a sprint, a sprint uphill, a quick burst swim, cycling uphill and the list goes on.
These exercises are high impact and therefore you can get injured if you aren’t careful! Stop if you feel any pain or discomfort while exercising.
Or if you have issues with jumping, low intensity exercises will do
Low intensity exercises are also known as cardio training and usually last beyond 20 minutes up to two hours, dependent on your fitness.
This is in contrast with high intensity exercises where you have filled a bucket with sweat in a short duration.
Low intensity exercises are very effective for beginners as you are able to lose weight, on top of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
These are some examples of low intensity exercises that you can do at home without any equipment:
- Sit ups.
- Triceps extension.
Some of the differences between both types of exercises are the nature of the exercise; high intensity home exercise mainly involves a lot of jumping and fast movement whereas low intensity home exercise mainly isometric and continuous repetitions.
Exercising for busy people will come in handy if you are so busy with your daily schedule.
You maybe so busy working in the office and may not have the time or space to do exercise. However, it is best to take some time off to exercise!
You can still do some stretching exercises to relieve the excessive tension, tightness, stress and pressure on certain body parts such as your neck and lower back. Hey! Get up now and do some stretching!
Besides, you can even jog to lose weight but you may not have the time to do it. If you can’t jog outside, you can even jog on the treadmill.
The benefits of jogging on treadmill is the same as jogging outside.
But how can I exercise without exercising?
So you are one lazy couch potato that wants to know how to exercise without exercising.
This is simple, if you are actively taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, then you have just exercise without exercising.
Furthermore, if you frequently do house chores like sweeping and mopping the floor, gardening, cleaning this and that, then you have just exercise without exercising.
Don’t forget that exercise doesn’t mean you need to put on your running shoes or dress like an athlete to exercise.
Exercise comes in many forms and many of our daily activities are part of it. Besides, walking is a good exercise to maintain overall health and lose weight.
How do I fit exercise into my busy schedule?
- Try to take 15-20 mins off preferable before your lunch break and you can do 2 exercises from each type.
- Set your goals to exercise and set a specific time period each day to exercise.
- You need to be consistent once you start exercising. Don’t start exercise and just to quit the next day.
- MOTIVATION… You need motivation to even think of exercising! You maybe demotivated as you are exercising and still don’t see any results, but what if I tell you that you are doing it wrong.
Anyone can start exercising at any time you wish; it is whether are you willing to be consistent with it.
If you are too busy to exercise, you can do some stretching exercise. In fact, even just by getting up and moving around at least once an hour will work wonders.