As the world is turning unhealthier, the importance of doing regular exercise is increasing. A lot of research today say that doing some physical activity daily keeps one fit and also saves that person from a lot of diseases like heart attacks, diabetes etc. and it is not just about the diseases alone, one can improve its productivity on a mental level too by exercising daily.
Most people are aware of the benefits of exercising, however, they do not know how to do it, when to do it, and what amount of exercise is required daily and still stay within the limits of their timetable. Nowadays, a unique fitness model has attached the science of muscle training and endurance to it. According to The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Heart Association (AHA) report, maximum adults indulge themselves in resistance training twice a week.
Being consistent in doing exercise is not what matters, but finding time from the busy schedule is the challenge that most of us face. Nothing works without consistency and fitness also revolves around the orbit of being consistent. The more you give to your body the more it will reward you with health, provided what are you gifting to it.
Following are the ways by which we can be more efficient in managing our time.
- Stop Being Lazy: “People typically try to think of ways to make daily tasks easier. But if we make them harder, we can get more exercise,” says Sabrena Merrill, MS, of Lawrence, Kan., a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and spokeswoman for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) advices, people are basically lazy. They think of innovative ways to make their daily mundane jobs easier, however, if we opt for a harder daily routine then we can thrive for more exercise. Merrill says, “Bring in the groceries from your car one bag at a time so you have to make several trips. Put the laundry away a few items at a time, rather than carrying it up in a basket.”
- Do Maximum Work Yourself: washing the car by yourself and not taking it to a car wash can benefit health in many ways. Merrill says, “It takes about an hour and a half to do a good job, and in the meantime, you’ve gotten great exercise”. Use a push mower instead of a riding mower to clean your lawn.
- Do Not Fall For Short Distances: we know how fascinating elevators and escalators could be if you weigh a hundred pounds, however, to avoid those extra hours in the gym, it is recommended to take the long way whenever going somewhere by foot. Walking is great for the heart and this itself comes from the mouth of Dr. Fletcher, “Walking is great because anyone can do it and you don’t need any special equipment other than a properly fitting pair of sneakers.”
- Be An Early Bird: studies have backed this point from decades; a person who is an early bird and performs his exercise ritual daily tend to have a much productive day than those who do exercise during the evenings or who do it on and off. Merrill says, “Are you going to feel like exercising at the end of a hard day? Probably not. If you do your workout in the morning, you’re not only more likely to do it, but you’ll also set a positive tone for the day.”
- Seal the deal: having a calendar and making sure you still to your plans are a good way of staying on your toes always. It does not matter what time are you picking for your exercise ritual, what is more important is consistency. Take a calender, mark your daily routine and fix an appointment with yourself like you would never miss an important business deal.
- Watch Your Diet: what we eat, how we eat, and when we eat play a critical role to enhance our health routine. Before eating or doing anything and everything, ensure you know these 10 Things You Should Never Do When On A Diet.
- Follow The Expert: if exercise is not done in a certain way then chances are you may hurt yourself and your body in various unknown ways. If you do not understand what to do and how to do then it always advisable to hire an expert. A professional trainer knows what he is doing and how much he can push your body to get the best out of it without letting you hurt your body.
- Maintain records: have a diary for yourself in which you track your own routine. Pen down the minutes you exercised for, your daily weight, water intake, meals details, etc. This just not keep a track of what you do but also makes you consistent in what you are doing subconsciously.
- Exercise Cohort: having a partner who loves to do what you do is a great way of staying motivated. Fletcher advices, “Exercising with a friend or in a group can be very motivating. You are likely to walk longer or bike greater distances if you’re talking to a friend along the way. The time will go by faster.” If you are a loner then listen to your favorite music, a podcast, an audio that soothes your mind the most.
- Do Only What You Love: it does not matter what exercise you perform if you are unhappy. We perform better at tasks that make us happy rather than performing tasks that we are made to do. We enjoy living every moment with fun and love and this is how our body feels happier.
The point here is to perform exercise daily, how you do it is your choice. If a gym is not what suits you, just make your daily chores a little challenging and get do two things in one go. And when you pick things you like, being fit becomes a part of your life automatically without putting any extra effort.