By Jessica Ward
Busy work and home lives can mean that exercise takes a back seat. After a long day at the office, most of us feel fit for nothing more than collapsing on the sofa. This will have bad effects on our fitness, strength and waistlines.
Clearing a definite space in our busy diaries can be essential to ensure that we get some exercise. It may be a ‘mind-game’ but it can really work. Here are some of the reasons:
- Motivation – allocating a slot in your diary for exercise puts it firmly on the ‘things to do’ list. For most of us this means that it is much more likely to get done.
- Convenience – if you live in the country but work in a town or city, then the gym or pool is likely to be closer to your workplace. Schedule in a lunchtime workout or swim and there is no need for an extra journey.
- Cost saving – it is often possible to get discounts on workouts or swims if you buy several sessions, or a discount card. Of course you have to use all the sessions to make it worthwhile; an even better reason to plan them!
- Working with your body clock – some of us prefer to get moving in the morning, while others really need time to wake up. Some people are much happier to get the day’s work done and then relax with a swim, a happy music-based workout, a team game or an evening walk. Schedule your exercise for the time that you know suits you best.
We need to motivate ourselves to exercise regularly. Making exercise a habit really does pay off. Go on, put it in the diary.