Between work, kids, husbands, wives, and a social life...where do we get our workout in? Weekends? Absolutely NOT.
Your gym training should be in line with your other mandatory daily commitments. 5 days a week that you work should be the 5 days a week that you train. You can start with 3 days a week and see how it feels. We want to balance work and fitness for a healthier, happier lifestyle.
Let me put it this way. When you wake up first thing in the morning is your time. You NEED to get your workout over and done with or else it just won't happen as your day is hectic as it is.
I will tell you a couple things that you have to remember when you wake up bright an early asking yourself 'Why now? Can't the gym just wait?!'
1. Morning training is a METABOLISM BOOSTER! All the benefits that you get from your workout will continue on throughout your work day. Get your metabolism going nice and early so you're constantly burning calories all day.
2. Research tells us that when you train in the morning, you are more likely to stay consistent with your training. Don't forget that your body LOVES ROUTINE.
3. Did you know that working out increases your MENTAL CLARITY for up to 10 hours after your workout? This will assist in making your day more productive along with giving you the endorphins to get your booty in gear for the day with an extra boost of energy.
Okay, so now you have a basic game plan to keep up with your office-job lifestyle whilst hopping straight on the fitness wagon! But what happens to this game plan when we have to travel for work?
Keeping your fitness up while traveling on business
We already have enough problems trying to get to the gym before/after the office or even sometimes juggling a quick work out on a lunch break! So how on earth are we supposed to get a workout in when we are TRAVELING for work. Between hotels, lunches, meetings, and sleeping; where does the workout happen, and where does it fit into our schedule?
This is my little trick: You aren't always guaranteed to be staying at a hotel with a fitness facility (if you are that’s a bonus!), so here are two pieces of workout equipment that are easy to travel with:
1) Skip Rope
2) Resistance Bands
Step 1) 10 minutes of skip rope as soon as you wake up will take care of your cardio.
Step 2) 3 quick exercises per day with your resistance band is all you need. With a resistance band, you can work your entire body! Use 'YouTube' for some fitness tutorials; simply search the words 'resistance band workout' followed by the muscle group you are working that day' e.g. shoulders, and there you have it: an array of simple tutorials showing you how to work out! The mighty resistance band - throw it in your suitcase and you're ready to rock!
I hope these basic tips can come in handy for you busy working professionals when trying to balance fitness and work! I know it isn't easy, but if you really want it … YOU CAN DO IT!
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