With our increasingly busy lifestyles, staying creating time for physical fitness and health can drop off the radar. Everyone can find an activity that fits their body type and individual interests. Note that these tips are focused on health-related fitness, which focuses on general cardiovascular and muscular health. Performance-related fitness is pertains to competing athletes and higher amounts of activity.
1. Find an activity that you enjoy
Finding a way to stay physically fit does not have to mean building muscles, gaining/losing weight, or a “hard core” workout. While some of these ideas can be identified as specific goals for fitness, maintaining an overall active and healthy system does not have to strain or stress you emotionally or physically.
It can be as simple as taking a walk after a meal or participating in an enjoyable activity that gets your heart rate moving. Examples include bicycling, cleaning routine, dancing, free weights, gardening, jump and jacks, stretching, rock climbing, swimming, or yoga. In addition to these examples, there are many other choices for recreation that will contribute to movement of your blood and respiratory circulation. If you have any health concerns, please consult with your physician first.
2. Schedule a time in your day and stick to it
For some people, early mornings work best. For others, it may be at lunch time or after work. Identify a time that is suitable to your schedule and commit to that time slot for at least two weeks. We recommend at least 3 days per week for physical activity.
According to Active.com, “Working out less than three times a week might help with weight maintenance, but in order to keep your metabolism in over-drive you have to commit to working out on at least four to six days a week.”
Consider your goals and find a few times a week where the commitment can be fulfilled with ease. At first it may take some discipline, however, it will be worth it.
3. Allocate 15-30 minutes
Consistent physical activity can be achieved in manageable time slots. Rather than 1-3 hours of physical activity, create space for 15-30 minutes of your activity of choice.
An added bonus is that with the right routine, you can achieve your goals in less time with quick activities that can tone, strengthen, and relieve stress.