Alexis: I have a full time job. I leave for work at 6am and when I return I am exhausted and have no motivation to exercise. All I want is to put my feet up and relax. When do you recommend I workout? My friends who are full time moms also really struggle with this. HELP!
Adrien, Fitness on the Run: Alexis, this is such a great question. How do we all fit in our workouts when we have so few spare minutes each day?
Let’s start with defining “exercise.” Instead of exercise requiring a gym, or a piece of equipment or frankly a stated period of time where you are “sweating” or your heart rate is elevated, redefine YOUR fitness. Choose a different approach. Your approach. One that incorporates your fitness into your everyday routine. It’s more lasting. Gets you moving more and prevents the age-old workout followed by sitting all day syndrome which can lead to pretty serious (RSI) Repetitive Stress Injuries among other results.
* CHOOSE to take the stairs wherever you are.
* CHOOSE to park far from the front door where you go (church, grocery, home).
* Carry your grocery bags instead of using a cart.
* Take a 5-minute walk around the block or the floor at work every 2 hours.
* Squeeze your bottom every time you can – it works your core like magic.
* Press your back into the chair wherever you sit (car, desk, restaurant, etc).
* Avoid Sugar after lunch at all cost.
You may find that after a few months, you will have a more fit body than the gym rat who drives to the gym, gets on a piece of cardio equipment then drives home and heads to the desk job with little walks before heading back to the car for the drive to the gym.
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