Posted on Feb 19, 2020, 1 p.m.
It can be relatively easy to get caught up with your work life, making it extremely difficult to fit exercise into your schedule. In doing so, your health deteriorates and stress can build up over time due to the long working hours you’re currently doing. Because we constantly strive to do well in our careers, we tend to leave behind our physical and mental wellbeing.
It’s important that we’re able to maintain a healthy lifestyle so we can remain physically in-shape and prevent common stress. This is why fitting exercise into our busy schedules is necessary. If you’re finding it difficult to work out around work, here are some tips to help you.
Working out efficiently
A great benefit of working out is that it can be flexible enough to suit you or your environment. Sometimes, it can be time-consuming to head to the gym for a workout. So, why not create a workout that you can try practically anywhere. Whether you’re at home or require to travel, there are still workouts you can use without having to use a lot of equipment. However, they still need to be workouts that can be effective. Exercises you can choose can be running or bodyweight exercises, for example.
Make your workout enjoyable
Common problems that people tend to come across when trying to exercise is not finding it enjoyable. At the end of the day, you’re in control of the workouts you do. So, research around routines that you’ll know you’ll enjoy. It doesn't even have to include going to the gym. There are other forms of exercise that you can take up such as running, cycling, a form of sport and swimming.
By making your workout more enjoyable, it’s more likely to motivate you to incorporate exercise into your lifestyle.
Sign up to competitions or classes
It can be easy to motivate your team in the workspace, but trying to motivate yourself can sometimes be a bit of a struggle. If you find self-motivation a bit of a fight, you may require others to be around you in order to get you going. This is where competitions and classes can help. Whether it’s at your local gym or near your sports centre, there are different competitions and events that you can attend to improve your fitness and lifestyle. When you sign up, you may even learn tricks and tips from others that can help to achieve your goal.
Motivate yourself to do something rather than nothing
A common myth of exercise is that you don’t see results unless you perform intense and long workouts consistently. This isn’t necessarily the case though. Even a quick 10-15 minute session can make a big difference to how you feel.
A good example of this is when patients go through surgery. Say a patient goes through cosmetic surgery and they’re currently in their recovery period. Rather than suggesting to the patient to completely rest, surgeons will advise how exercise can be beneficial to their recovery. It’s better to do something rather than nothing. So, whenever you have the opportunity, make the most of opportunities where you can fit in a schedule.
Track your progress
The best way to determine whether you’re actually making progress is by actually tracking it. It can give you a better indication of where you used to be and the improvements that you’ve made since. It also helps you to better understand whether your workout routine is actually effective. If you’re declining or slipping into bad habits, what you’re tracking can help to show this.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to progress in your career. During this demanding period in your life, however, you should take the time to escape from your demands of work and utilise the time to wind down through exercise.
Article written by/courtesy of: Jamie Costello
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