How to make time for exercise
We are all striving to be more active and healthy in our day-to-day lives. To be fair, many of us spend our days sitting at our desks staring at our screens, then we go home and stare at our screens some more. It can be difficult to find the motivation to be active, nevermind the energy to actually get off our butts and do something for a change.
Maintaining an active lifestyle can be difficult, especially if it becomes a chore, making Netflix a much more attractive option. But, in order to be our best selves we need to find the motivation and drive to get out and be active. REIZE can give you a powerful boost that makes you want to go out and lift some weights or run some laps. How? Let me tell you…
1. Don’t Let Work Get In The Way Of Working Out
Paradoxically, our work can both prevent us from working out and needs us to work out in order to do our best. In order to perform the best at whatever occupation you have, you need to have that energy which only regular exercise can provide. This article is about fitting exercise into your schedule, so if you’re an early riser or an aspiring early riser, go to an early gym class. Nothing will wake you up better than an early weight class.
2. Think Outside the Gym-Box
You don’t have to limit yourself to gym classes or the gym itself. There are workouts you can do in the comfort of your bedroom - away from any curious eyes. You could get off your bus stop one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way, or bike the whole way (if it’s reasonably, don’t cycle for hours and arrive a sweat soaked mess). Go for a run after work or during your lunchbreak. Or take a few laps of a pool, if you have access to one. Ideally ensure you do at least 30 mins of some form of exercise daily.
3. Listen To Your Body
We all have visions in our head of how wonderful being fit and healthy would be. We have seen so many montages in movies that we assume that there will be little to no struggle. So when we realise the work involved we can’t imagine how we are going to fit all that work into our routine.
It is hard work and you have to start small. When you’re building a house you don’t put up the walls until you have a solid foundation and that’s exactly what you need to have with your body. Find something that you like and work your way up to the fitness level you want. Find an activity that you like and your body responds too. It might be running, or yoga, or weight training, or zumba, or swimming. Whatever it is, listen to your body and of your thing and not what your best friend says. Choose an exercise that fits into your lifestyle, personality. If you’re unsure about what you’d like to do, ask your friends, experiment with different forms and search online. When it comes to fitness there is no “one size fits all”, find what suits you.
4. Find an Exercise Buddy
Collaboration often produces the best results, in work and in life. When you’re trying to motivate yourself to work out more often, competition is often even more effective. Whatever level you’re at in your chosen fitness field, there is always room for improvement. Often the best person to compete with, isn’t the girl in the corner who can lift more than twice your bodyweight, or the guy who can swim more laps than there are minutes in an hour, it’s yourself. Keep track of how much you can do today and measure it against what you can do next week and the week after that. Beating your best can be one of the best motivators around, and will encourage you to find any free minute to do a couple push ups to keep you at your best.
5. Make a Schedule and Stick to It
Once you miss one class, that can doom the rest of your week. I have been there. If I miss my Monday morning weight class, my chances of heading to my Tuesday Pilates? Slim. I am working on it though. I am currently undergoing a “make up” system. If I miss one class, I have to make up the work either later in the day or the week to keep to my working out quota. It is tough to keep to the schedule. Life, or a really good show on Netflix, can really get in the way. We need to be stricter and write out a routine, stick to it, and remind ourselves that working out is a priority worth keeping.
6. Choose Something Over Nothing
You don’t need an hour, or even 30 minutes, to get a complete, effective workout. Literally, any exercise is better than none. We can always find a few free minutes in our day to squeeze in a little routine. With an effective program, and done frequently enough, short and speedy workouts can do wonders to both the body and mind. Search online for the ones that suit your needs best.
7. Stock up on REIZE
REIZE gives you a boost when you need it most. Like after a long day at your desk staring at a screen with zero motivation to head out and work out. A sachet before you head to the gym can do wonders to wake up your muscles and provide you with the energy you need to push yourself to your best. Replace your afternoon coffee with a cup of REIZE and feel the difference. You’ll be heading home (or out to the gym) with more spring in your step ready to fit some fitness into your daily routine.
Written by Orlaith Costello