Being in the peak of physical and mental health is something that everyone wants. Some people are extremely focused and are also able to find the time to follow a regular physical fitness program, while there are others who simply have to do it to the exclusion of all else.
While it is nice if you are in a position to be able to follow a physical fitness program, everyone is not in a position to drop everything and pursue such activities on a regular basis. So the main question here is how can I keep fit as a busy professional? As you get more and more involved with your job, you tend to spend most of your time either commuting or spending long hours at the office.
Lack of sleep, erratic eating habits junk food and long hours sitting behind a desk all tend to take a toll on your physical and mental health. However, there is something you can do to make things better. Here are a few useful fitness tips for busy people to get you back on track to leading a healthier life, even if you are a devoted professional:
1. Early morning workout
The best time of the day to work out is the early morning. It is tempting just to roll over and go back to bed and promise yourself to get up later for your workout, but it isn’t going to happen. Even if you allocate just 30 minutes a day on some form of exercise or the other on a regular basis and if you just to get up and do it, you will see a world of difference in your physical condition even after a week. If you want to do it, you will. It just needs a bit of will-power to stick with it.
2. Find a partner
Working out can never be more motivating than if you do it along with a partner. By being in the company of another person, you tend to motivate each other, so that at times when one person is feeling a bit depressed, the other can boost their confidence. You will look forward to your workout with your partner because you both have a common goal which you can discuss and achieve milestones together, which will take the monotony out of the entire process.
3. Choose your program
When it comes to physical fitness, there is no best program. Everyone has their likes and dislikes. While you may not be comfortable with getting out into the open and running for a few miles, you may prefer to sit on a yoga mat and do an hour of yoga. The key to staying committed to your fitness program is to stick to something that you feel good about doing. You have the power to choose, so decide on something that you like, whether it is running, yoga, cycling, swimming, and working out at a gym or a combination of any such activities.
4. Monitor your progress
As you continue with your fitness program, make sure that you measure your progress carefully. There can be nothing more motivating than seeing a how many pounds you have lost over a period of say, a month or six months or seeing inches disappear from your waistline. Set a particular day every month to check and mark each milestone crossed.
5. Be realistic
While being ambitious and trying to achieve good results against set milestones, you don’t want to overdo it. This method involves being a bit introspective about the whole thing. There can be nothing more demotivating as the realization that even though you set some targets, you are way behind in achieving them. Consider your physical limitations and set your goals accordingly.
6. Small measures make a big difference
If you just cannot find time to work out for a fixed time daily, you could try some simple steps – every little bit counts. Try using the stairs at home or office. A person of average weight, say 56 kilos, can burn up to 150 calories in climbing stairs for 20 minutes (even if a few minutes do count!) You can also try simple exercises while sitting at your desk. Another good tip is to get off one stop earlier and walk the rest of the distance to work.
7. Office walks
This measure is a simple, tried and tested – I’ve done it myself. Keep a pair of running shoes at the office and during your lunch break or sometime in the evening, just take a walk around your office area each day. Set a fixed time for doing this so that your colleagues will know that you won’t be available during this period. Over time, you will be physically better off.
These are just a few simple measures which can help you to keep fit even if you are a busy professional. Once you start doing any or all of these activities, you will probably come up with similar ideas yourself. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and the first step is always the biggest one. So, take a hold on your life and your health and start doing something about it today!