What is your exercise regime? Does it change or do you do the same thing? Are you bored and where do you look for new ideas?
Mine is versatile, as it has to be because of my employment and energy levels. I try to include strength and cardio, while getting to the gym at least 3 times a week, but I don’t only exercise at the gym and there is always something I can do depending on how much time I have.
When I’m on my way to work or my way home I will go to the gym since I live about 20 minutes away and it’s on my way to work. Otherwise I use my malibu Pilates chair, it allows me to work my arms, legs, abs and back while also raising my heart rate. It’s not the same as cardio, I doubt my heart rate is quite as high as if I’d gone to the gym, but it’s still exercise. The way I see it, moving is moving, and working your muscles can’t be bad, plus I get decent resistance, in the privacy and convenience of my living room, and in front of the air conditioner.
I like to mix things up a little. I love my cardio at the gym, but I also love my more relaxing yoga and the massage-like feeling I get from Pilates.
There’s always something you can do though. I usually take 40 minutes to an hour, and I figure that either way at least 4 times a week isn’t doing too bad, so I plan it in my diary. To make sure I don’t forget. 😉
Even if you’re busy, and you feel like you don’t have the time to exercise, consider a few things. Can you get out of bed an extra 15 minutes early? Are there small windows of opportunity throughout your day, 5 minutes here or 10 minutes there? I may have blogged about this before, but I encourage you to try this and keep it in mind for next week, pay attention to the short moments where you’re just waiting for things. For example: while the jug is boiling, while waiting for the toaster, in the shower… There are many opportunities during the day. I used to work as a nanny and what I would do while trying to balance that busy lifestyle was wait until the kids went to bed, then I would do my bootcamp exercises, or if I was exhausted I would try to fit in some ab crunches, push ups and squats. If that’s all you fit into your day, that’s still progress. Squats you can do in the shower,( I’ve done that before), try push ups once you get out of bed and crunches anytime you get the chance in between.
A few ideas for healthy options when you’re busy – breakfast smoothies
Keep in mind that if you are in the diet and weightless market, there is more to it than just some exercise here and there. Have a look at your diet, try to eat as much food that can perish, ie fruit and veggies, fresh herbs, avoid nasties like starch, pasta, bread and processed foods.
There is no right and wrong, I figure that as long as you’re moving you’re making progress. If you try to eat the right things, plan your meals ahead and fit in some movement you can’t go wrong.
Some simple ab ideas:
Simple ideas to tone legs and thighs:
And of course there’s always the good old push-up challenge:
Something to think about when you feel time-deprived, or exhausted knowing you need to do something no matter how small, of course no matter how much progress you think you have to go, and no matter how hard it might be to begin with, you will get better and it will get easier. I remember when I started my bootcamp DVD, I was barely able to complete the moves properly, so I did what I could, and over time the more I did it the easier it got.
Don’t forget to keep something in the freezer or fridge for easy on the go snacks or last minute meals. It all helps.