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The Key To Fitting An Exercise Program Into A Busy Lifestyle

May 15th 2014 at 1:05 AM

We live terribly busy lives and frequently find that most of the time we have is not our own. Juggling between the demands of work and family is no easy endeavor for anyone, and because of this, our health tends to suffer. While we’re busy handling all of the priorities we tend to let our own physical condition fall by the wayside. We know that working for a living is a must and no one would question our desire to take care of our families.

However, we also are well aware of the fact that we need to squeeze some regular physical fitness into our daily routine, but we’re puzzled about how to do this. It is the number one reason why people fail to get enough exercise into their lives. It can also be one of the most difficult obstacles to maintaining a healthy lifestyle that we all need to overcome, but there are many rewards that you will gain if you do. Notice what Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer, has to say on the subject,

In fact, a new study published by The Lancet found that if inactive people increased their physical activity by just 15 minutes per day, they could reduce their risk of premature death by 14 percent and increase their life expectancy by 3 years.

The truth is that squeezing in just a few minutes of physical exercise a day has huge benefits on your health; it gives you energy and perks up your mood. While it may not be possible for you to stop your schedule and put in a full hour workout, most people can find 5 to 10 minutes a day to punch up their busy lives. All we have to do is get past some common misconceptions to make it work.

woman doing abs exercise at homeIt Doesn’t Have to Be in a Gym

The concept that a real workout has to happen in a gym with specialized equipment is a flawed idea. Think about it, gyms didn’t even exist a hundred years ago and people were much healthier then. Their fitness came from everyday life and their regular routines. Getting it out of your head that if you don’t have a fitness expert hovering over you at all times, it is not a real workout is your first step. Simply looking for a 5 or 10 minute space in time where you can get your body moving no matter where you are can make a huge difference. Notice what professional trainer Mike O’Donnell had to say about the gym,

It is also very important for people to realize that workouts don’t have to be at the gym, because you can always do pushups at home or go for a walk around the neighborhood at any time. It is sad to see people who are out of shape, but they have a gym membership paying monthly and they never go.

He goes on to recommend that when you set your goals for fitness that you concentrate on three main areas of your life in order to get the best results.

Your Goals

There are two reasons why people join a gym, to take advantage of the equipment on hand or to avail themselves of the professional trainers at more affordable prices. In these cases, joining a gym provides many people with some amazing advantages. However, even with a great trainer at your disposal, it makes no sense for them to develop for you an elaborate workout program if all you want to do is shed 5 pounds here or there. Understanding what your end picture will be can help you to focus on exactly what you need to do.

He suggests that you get the idea of the gym out of your mind and consider the entire world as your gym rather than limiting your vision to some expensive equipment. The best equipment you could have for your fitness program doesn’t cost a thing; all you need is a plan.

ExercisingYour Lifestyle

It does no good to plan an elaborate workout that you won’t have time to squeeze in. Only you know how much time you can spare at any given time but it is probably easier to be able to squeeze in 5 or 10 minutes here or there rather than trying to block out an hour workout. Hour workouts generally tend to take much longer when you’re going to a gym. You have to count commute time, changing time, shower and redress time as well.

Sometimes the shorter workouts fit into your schedule much more easily. Note what Jim Smith of Livestrong said about fitting a good workout into your busy lifestyle,

You can increase the intensity and effectiveness of your training session by making a few changes: Modify the number of repetitions you perform for each set, decrease the rest period between sets, and incorporate compound movements or even increase the amount of weight you lift.

The secret is rather than running repeated routines at an average intensity over a longer period of time, squeeze all that work into a shorter time frame, thereby increasing the level of intensity of each workout. The maximum intensity through short training sessions can provide you with a much more effective end result.


No matter how big our dreams are or what we hope to attain, reality will always seep in and tell us if what we’re trying to do is possible. The key to success in anything you do is balance. If you can’t find the time to put a fitness program into your life then realistically speaking you need to change your life.

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