How to exercise when you’re busy

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In a ‘normal week’ you know you have time to fit in some exercise. It’s just a shame that these ‘normal weeks’ don’t occur all that often!

There is ALWAYS something which crops up to absorb our time – school meetings, extra hours at work, shooting off to meet friends – and if we’re honest, these weeks are actually the normal ones. So, when we don’t have much time for exercise, what should we do?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Firstly, when you’re rushed off your feet and stressed, I don’t think adding in a tough workout is the right thing to do. High stress levels need to be countered with down time, not pushed even higher with stressful workouts. Of course, this doesn’t mean you have a free pass to not do any exercise; it just means we need to find a way to build some exercise into your life without further increasing your stress levels.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”20620″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

The solution?

First, increase your general activity. The less time you can spend sitting and the more time you can spend walking, the better. Take a look at your commitments and work out how you could squeeze some activity in. Could you get off the train or bus one stop earlier, or park a little further away? Could you fit some sort of activity into your day – gardening, walking instead of driving, even getting the dreaded housework done? Could you use the upstairs loo instead of staying downstairs? Little things add up to more energy expenditure, and health benefits, than you’d expect.

Then, pick some key strength based exercises, and sprinkle them throughout your day. An example of this might be to do ten squats every time you go to the loo, or to do ten press ups against the worktop every time you go into the kitchen. Over the course of a day, you’ll have added up a fair bit of exercise, you’ll hardly notice it, and you will gain more strength than you expect, which is only a good thing for fat loss, fitness and health.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Heather Smith is a fat loss specialist Personal Trainer. Get in touch for a free five-day meal plan via[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


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