Some of the reasons why it’s hard to find time for fitness
You worked late last night, you probably had no time left to cook, even if you did have time you probably couldn’t be bothered and thus, the pad thai was delivered to your door. The day was long and probably stressful at work, so the red wine you indulged in helped you wind down and switch off from the 98 emails you had to put off until tomorrow.
The morning after
Yep. We have all worked a bigger day than we subconsciously knew we should have. A day of work with high stress, a huge output mentally and physically, all of your energy was signed, sealed, delivered directly to your employer. You wake up feeling tired, dreading the day ahead but shrugging it all off in the shower, put your game face back on and head into that office with your head held high.
When you feel like crap, but you just keep going
Our bodies are smart. Like, really smart. Our bodies know when we are pushing ourselves through when what we really need, is to take a step back, replenish and chill the heck out. By kicking on, when we are feeling low on energy supplies, our bodies are that smart they will keep us going, keep all going all the way until we are floored with a sickness or even find another way of making us listen. The issues will always come out, perhaps in another form, often through tension. Weight gain is hard to avoid, especially when you are reaching for convenience food around your busy schedule and have little ‘you’ time left to even think about hitting the gym. The cycle then continues. Bad food, stress, zero energy.
How it makes us feel
Well, stress breeds more stress. One minute you are stressed about work and the next you are stressed about how you look, your weight, acne, the pain in your body and not having enough time to do anything about it. We feel rubbish for not being able to leap into action because it just feels like time does not allow! We have to pay those bills…
The great news is…
The best things about all of this, our bodies are SO smart, that they actually WANT us to be healthy! Which means, our bodies are also very quick to accommodate us when we shift into the next gear up for change and health. For me, it was hard to try and comprehend how on earth I was going to fit in the huge new regime, an hour-long class on one side of time, showering somewhere else when all my stuff was at home, having to start preparing all my food differently. The enormity of the change was putting me off beginning. Just making time for something within your current regime can really help with breeding more good behaviors. If you fit in a quick bit of exercise in the morning, you will probably want something healthy after.
So here are my 5 tips on how to start, easily, quickly and conveniently.
Try 1-minute run, 1.5-minute walk (I use the 0-5K runner app, which just tells you exactly what to do) – there’s a 5-minute walk to warm up and cool down, all up it’s half an hour, do it 3 x per week. It fits in with your morning routine, it’s free and you can do it anywhere. Go at your own pace, you are competing with Usain Bolt, it’s just a great way to get started. You feel amazing after doing it and it really sets you up for the day.
Fast until 11 am, enjoy an early morning bike ride. So working out on an empty stomach, I used to hate the idea, thinking I’d collapse in a heap without an oats or sandwich start to the day, with no energy storage to help me through. It’s just not the case. An hour-long walk or a nice cruisy bike ride in the morning has helped me shed a layer of comfort body fat when I’ve started to feel my muffin obsession catching up with me. You are pretty ravenously hungry afterward, however, if I need to, I’ll have an all natural protein shake after (Raw – cacao macadamia, is absolutely lovely!). That will see me through until 11 or 12 pm where my first proper meal will come in. It takes some getting used to, however, my body fat noticeably started to drop off when I started doing this.
Starting the day with a long black can help get you up and moving,
and for me just seems to help the metabolism.
I’m not a dietician,
I’m a busy office woman who has tried 100 different things, it’s worked for me, you can try it and check in with your body seeing if it has a good impact on you. Some people’s bodies don’t agree with it so just make sure you tune in to your own body messages because if you are also intermittent fasting it might make you a bit jittery, I personally don’t go for strong coffee.
You can use a machine in the gym and make yourself comfortable there for 30 mins if you are using a gym,
Again this combined with your intermittent fasting can work a charm.
If you don’t pay for a gym,
Taking the stairs as a general rule can help a lot (it targets the booty!),
Or finding a set of stairs you can use to do some training on.
Walk or run taking 2 steps at a time for a few sets,
try hopping one leg the alternating 1 step at a time, progress to sprinting one step at a time if you feel comfortable to.
Dance fit class.
Now I tried out a local dance studio that had a really awesome dance fitness class,
..and my oh my did I sweat!
Not only that, but it took me right back to being 18 and jiggling around to R & B hits I was working it to back then in the middle of the dance floor!
It was almost like being on a night out, but without the next-day hangover.
An amazing way to burn fat!
You can, of course,
..hit up a youtube video where you can rock out in your living room with the same results.
The soundtracks will be just as awesome when you find a good one and no one will see your booty shaking.