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How To Stay In Shape With A Busy Lifestyle

You might think you can’t workout because you have a busy lifestyle, but the truth is, if you want to stay in shape, you have to make the time. Schedule your workout at the same time each day. Consider the gym a way to avoid many doctor’s appointments. Being fit diminishes your potential for serious illness. It increases strength, boosts your immune system, and helps prevent pain from existing conditions. It can prevent obesity, which leads to heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Your diet plays a vital role in your fitness.

It takes no extra effort to eat healthy since you have to eat. You can make it even easier with meal planning. You plan your meals one day a week, shop for ingredients the next, and cook on the third day. Cooking all in one day saves time. You can use the oven for several dishes, divide the meals into individual serving sizes, and use the excess meat and vegetables for several meals. Then heat it and serve during the week.

Workout early or after work.

If you have a hectic day, workout before it starts. Get up before the kids and do your workout. It prevents emergencies or unexpected intrusions into your schedule. You’ll be ready to take a shower right after the workout and begin your day. If your day ends when you walk out the door at the office and you seldom work past your regular hours, working out after your workday ends is perfect. If neither works for you, break up your workout into shorter sessions of 10-15 minutes each.

Workout smarter and with more intensity.

A shorter workout provides more benefits if you use HIIT—high intensity interval training. It’s not a specific workout but a way of doing any exercise. You alternate between high intensity and recovery rate for a minute or two each. Studies show that HIIT workouts offer the same benefits in a half hour as steady-state workouts provide in an hour. Other types of training that get more done in less time include kettlebell training, circuit training, and full-body workouts.

  • You don’t have to go to the gym to get exercise. Alternate your days at the gym with active recreation. Ride bikes with the kids, go for a walk or go dancing. Include your family in your fitness regimen and make it fun.
  • Get plenty of sleep. You may think you should stay up to finish a project, but you won’t be working as efficiently. Lack of sleep also increases the hunger hormone and diminishes the satiety hormone, so you eat more.
  • If you stop for a drink with friends after work, suggest you all go to the gym instead. You’ll burn off stress hormones, just like liquor does, but you’ll lose weight not gain it and feel better in the morning.
  • Staying hydrated is vital to staying fit. Always carry a bottle of water with you and sip on it throughout the day. It’s the perfect pick-me-up that increases your energy better than coffee does.

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