You know that your health is important, and that daily exercise can cut your risk of disease
while dramatically increasing your energy. But how do you fit a workout into your busy
schedule? Are you too tired after a hard day of work to take advantage of a gym
membership? Thankfully, it’s possible to stay fit without missing a beat of your busy lifestyle.
Who needs expensive, cumbersome exercise equipment or the daily commute to the gym,
when you can get valuable, heart pumping exercise almost anywhere?
Try these easy tips to get and stay fit around your home or workplace:
1. Take a walk. Walking is one of the most accessible forms of exercise. You can
incorporate more steps into your day by simply walking around the block during
lunchtime or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Even if you exercise regularly at a
gym, walking can supplement your routine for more energy and a leaner body.
• Consider purchasing a pedometer that counts your steps. Wear it all day, and
write down the number of steps you’ve taken at the end of the day. Each week, set a
daily goal of steps and increase that goal each week. You’ll be surprised how your
mind finds ways to get more steps into your daily routine.
2. Practice breathing exercises. As often as possible, focus on your breathing.
Learning to relax and slow down your breathing will do wonders for your
physical and mental health. You’ll handle stress better and meet the challenges of
your life with more effective responses when you learn to relax under pressure by
focusing on your breathing.
• You can focus on your breathing anywhere. When you’re stuck at a red light, use
the time to relax, instead of getting frustrated at the delay. In between activities or
duties at work, take a breathing break. And, when you start to feel stressed, take just a
few seconds to breathe deeply and refocus on solutions.
• Close your eyes (if you’re not driving, of course), and slowly inhale through your nose.
Then exhale slowly through your mouth, pause, and repeat a few times. Place your
hand on your stomach, covering your belly button. If you’re breathing correctly, your
hand will slowly rise and fall.
3. Drink lots of water and eat nutritiously. Drink as much water as possible to keep
your body well hydrated and functioning at peak efficiency. Think of the food you put
into your body as fuel for your life, and choose to fuel your body with high-energy
foods that keep you fit.
• Eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible. Fill your dinner plate with
vegetables and a smaller portion of meat and carbohydrates. Eat fruits for an
energy-producing alternative to candy bars or other sugary snacks.
4. Exercise for at least 10 minutes per day. You can exercise anywhere, without
using special equipment. Examples of exercises you can do without a gym
membership or expensive equipment are push-ups, skipping rope, stretches, and
crunches. In as little as 10 minutes a day, you’ll notice a huge difference in how you
look and feel.
5. Get plenty of rest. The amount of rest each person needs varies. The important thing
is that you make it a priority to get to bed early enough that your body gets adequate
rest. If you feel groggy every morning, consider going to bed earlier or finding a way
to get in a short 15 to 30 minute power nap during the afternoon.
When you put these tips into practice, starting today, you’ll experience a greater sense
of vitality and self-confidence. With these simple techniques, the only thing that stands
between you and the new fit you is action!
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If you live in the Gilbert area, treat yourself right by calling or emailing today to get started on an exercise program that will change your life for the best.