“Too Busy” to Work Out?
Too Busy To Keep Fit?
Americans are busy, really busy. In fact, there’s a busyness epidemic in America at the moment with research showing that more and more Americans value being busy ahead of their own leisure time. There are still compelling reasons to workout but a reduction in leisure time means less opportunity to exercise, which is a contributing factor to the continual rise in American obesity, with 29.9% of Maryland inhabitants being obese in 2016. How can you find time to workout and stay fit when you have a busy life?
Make Every Workout Count
When you are short on time, efficiency is key so find exercise which gives you the most bang for your buck. For example High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) consists of intense workout periods with short recoveries and has proven fitness benefits. Boxing is an efficient exercise as it is a full body workout and a great balance between cardio and resistance training burning a lot of calories in a short time. Or keep it really simple and go for a bicycle ride in your lunch break or combine your regular dog walk with a run to make efficient use of your time.
Keeping Fit At Work
With Americans spending more hours at work than in most other countries, keeping fit whilst at work is key. If time and location allows, walk, run or cycle to work instead of driving. When at work, walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator and make time over lunch to workout, or at the very least go for a walk. Workplace competitions may also help. For example, challenge your co-workers to see who takes the most steps in a day or climbs the most stairs.
Plan Ahead But Be Realistic
A key element when setting a fitness objective is to be realistic about how often you can workout and when. Plan ahead to ensure you know when you are due to be exercising so you can eat at the right times and have the correct gear to hand. Try to choose only workouts which you really love as you will be more likely to achieve your aims. For example, don’t set yourself the aim of going swimming over lunchtime if you really only have time for a short, intense boxing workout. Importantly, if you have even less time than usual, choose to do something, regardless of what it is, instead of doing nothing.
By changing how you exercise, being efficient and planning ahead, it is still possible to keep fit, even when you are struggling to find spare time.