Fitting exercise into a busy schedule

By Nutrition Consultant, Jess Robinson

“I really want to get into exercising but I just have no time”. Does this sound familiar? I have heard people say this so many times, they will sign up to the gym and then 2 weeks later they will say they just couldn’t find the time. For some it may be a lot harder to find the time to train, but a lot of it also has to do with motivation, and how much you really want to build muscle, tone up, lose weight and improve fitness. In saying this, this doesn’t mean joining the gym is the be all and end all for improving fitness. There are plenty of other ways to get a good workout without spending large amounts of money.

1. Go for a morning walk

Perhaps easier said than done, but if you are a morning person this should be quite easy to get into the habit of, especially after a few weeks of doing it. If you don’t want to join the gym, then start by going for a stroll around your neighbourhood or around your local bike track or park. You might even to prefer to go in the afternoon or after dinner. Then after doing this for a couple of weeks or so, you may wish to increase your pace and start incorporating some jogging into your routine. Make sure to drink plenty of water to boost metabolism and keep you sufficiently hydrated.

2. Take advantage of online resources

There are millions of workout videos, blogs and websites available for you to peruse and get inspiration to do workouts from the comfort of your own home. Set your phone, laptop or tablet up and crank up your favourite workout tunes to build up a sweat at a time that suits you. There are so many different workouts that can target different areas of the body, and each week your strength, flexibility and  endurance will improve that little bit more. Ensure to invest in a good pair of joggers before starting any workout routine.

3. Get a bike

Cycling is an effective low-impact form of exercise for all ages and levels of fitness, and a particularly good form of cardiovascular exercise, as well as improving strength and stamina and working all major muscle groups. Look into local bicycle tracks or routes, trying to incorporate some hills into your routine to maximise your workout. Cycling is also a practical form of transport for the shops or work. Make sure to purchase a bike that will meet your needs, and familiarise yourself with the different gears and functions. You may even find a friend or partner that wants to start cycling with you.

4. Take advantage of stairs

That’s right!  Stair climbing is one of the best exercises and also happens to be completely free. Climbing stairs is one of the most effective forms of exercises for pure fat-burning, as well as strengthening the lower body, toning the butt, thighs, calves and targeting those pesky love handles and belly flab. It is excellent for increasing your heart rate and giving you a great cardio workout. If you are just starting out make sure to not push yourself too hard, and take breaks with some strength exercises such as squats, push ups, crunches and lunges. You may benefit from taking magnesium, a powerful mineral that may help to ease muscle spasms and cramps and is required for a healthy nervous system and healthy muscles.

5. Hit the courts

Perhaps there are some free tennis courts in your local area, or even if you have to pay to hire them out, it doesn’t exactly break the bank. Find a friend, partner or work colleague who is keen to play or maybe even get enough people to play doubles. It is a great way to incorporate socialising and fitness, having benefits for the mind and body. Tennis is effective for maintaining health, fitness, strength and agility. Be sure to take regular breaks and drink plenty of water. You may benefit from taking L-glutamine, a natural amino acid that is vital for muscle growth and healthy muscle function, as well as assisting muscle recovery after exercise.

When following an exercise routine or trying to lose weight, it’s important to ensure you are getting enough protein into your diet. Synd-X protein powder is one of the lowest carbohydrate, highest protein powders available, as well as reducing cravings for carbohydrates and reducing hunger.

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