Let’s face it, not everybody has time to put in lots of hours into exercising throughout a busy work week. This shouldn’t have to mean that busy working adults should have to completely ignore and leave out exercise from their lives entirely. Today let’s explore 5 ways a busy person can integrate exercise into their full schedules without becoming overwhelmed with exhaustion.
Less is More
If you have a physically demanding job that either has you on the move or moving things around, this is actually not a bad thing. Technically you’re getting exercise at the workplace already whether it’s running through an airport catching a late flight, using a jackhammer, rummaging through stacks of papers in a mail room, or anything of the sort. If you plan to exercise outside of work with a demanding job like this, keep it to a minimum. Don’t push the envelope per say because you already move around at work to begin with. You should aim to get mild exercise after work even if you already get some during. The keyword here is “mild”.
Having a plan that wraps around your work schedule for exercising is good. Either know it in your head, or have it logged somewhere. Make sure it’s something doable in your eyes. Setting realistic expectations is crucial. If you only think you’ll be able to work out two or three days a week that’s fine. Since you have such limitations on time, when you do get the chance to exercise be sure to really seize the moment if this is your particular case.
Recharge Your Batteries
Your diet directly correlates with your energy levels. Meals determine your level of performance throughout the day. They also respond to your level of energy expansion. If you’re tired from a long hard day’s work and didn’t have much to eat, exercising after a day like this is pretty pointless. Also, eating a filling meal then exercising directly after it is also a bad idea. Exercising first, then having the meal is a much better plan of action. If your schedule conflicts with this premise, then try eating something to recharge yourself that isn’t a full meal. When you’re done eating wait close to an hour to digest, then proceed to your workout.
If you have the opportunity to do so, try having more frequent yet shorter exercise sessions planned around your work schedule. As stated before if you can’t, then obviously intensifying the less frequent workouts is ideal. The lighter and more frequent sessions can provide an equal amount value compared to the less frequent but lengthier ones. Also, you have to take into consideration if someone works a lot, they’d probably prefer a less demanding workout over a really strenuous one. This holds truth because their job makes their life already demanding enough as it is to begin with.
Rotation and Variation
Setting a schedule is good. But if your job has variance then so should your exercising practices. In order counteract the balance of your work week, you should rotate your on and off days according to your work schedule. These adjustments should only be made when you know work will restrict you from any desired exercise for an upcoming day.
Being busy from work isn’t a bad thing. However ignoring ones health and overall wellness by not ever acknowledging exercise because of work is a bad thing. Regardless, I hope these quick tips were of use to all the hard working busy bee’s out there!