Staying active is extremely beneficial to both physical and mental health, however, finding time to do so can be difficult. Whether you’re a student with a strenuous course load, a working professional or someone who’s just busy with life’s day-to-day demands, it’s important to prioritize your health. Here are some tips that can help you when it comes to working out and maintaining a balanced lifestyle.
Carve time out of your schedule
This one seems pretty simple, but it can play a big role when it comes to consistency. By carving out time, I mean put it in your calendar, schedule a workout like you would a meeting. It may seem unnecessary or silly, but the point here is that you wouldn’t skip a work meeting you have on your calendar, so you shouldn’t skip an opportunity for exercise if it’s also in your schedule. If you’re a morning person, set aside the first 30 minutes or hour of your day to do some exercise, or do the same at the end of your day. Either way, building exercise into your daily routine helps you to prioritize that time.
Try HIIT workouts
HIIT stands for “high intensity interval training”, the term “high intensity” defined loosely. Everyone’s definition of these exercises will vary based on personal fitness levels, but the great thing about HIIT workouts is that they only take 15-30 minutes to complete. That’s your lunch break at work. Your break in between morning and afternoon classes. The time you would normally spend stopping at Starbucks on your morning commute. Really just any short period of free time that can easily be spent getting your body moving. You can find plenty of HIIT structured workouts on the internet and social media, so get some inspiration and see if this is a good option for you. Here is a little more information on HIIT and its benefits
Get those steps in
If you’re sitting at a desk or in an office all day, chances are you’re probably not getting many steps in. Don’t underestimate the importance of walking when you can. Try parking a little further away whenever you go to the store, walk to a nearby restaurant on your lunch break, take a walk if you’re able to when making calls, or take the stairs instead of the elevator. Basically, whenever you have the opportunity to get up and move your body, take advantage of it. If you’re mindful about it, it’s pretty easy to incorporate more walking and movement into even the busiest of schedules.
Do what you can
Everyone’s lives and schedules can vary drastically from others’. Working out doesn’t mean you have to spend hours on end in a gym, although if you do, that’s great too! Exercise can also mean taking your dog for a walk, riding your bike, taking a dance class or any other activity that keeps you moving. Make the most of any down time you have and try to live an overall active lifestyle. What’s important is that you find ways, traditional or not, to move your body and prioritize your health.