One of the promises that preceded the information age was that we would all enjoy more leisure time. The world would be at our fingertips. Press a button and great things would happen. We would access what we need to know with alarming speed. The new fast lane would open up more time for leisure! Personally, I’m still waiting for my share of leisure time. Someone forgot to mention that the faster we got things done the greater the expectations for us to do more in other areas would become. Along the way we also became more health oriented and found that the time for staying fit is too often minimal. Still, we can budget our lives so that the demands for our labor balance with our need for good health.
Staying Fit In a Busy Life
When the rush is on, the gym becomes distant and difficult, a place we resolve to return to as soon as we can. How long “as soon as we can” is an open ended question. The answer could very well be, “Not too soon.”
Instead of waiting for an opportune moment to get back to the gym, you can instead stake claim to a sunny spot in your home and set up a sparse workout area for getting active. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, just an area with some modest equipment to use for small periods to get fit over the course of the day. A kettle ball or medicine ball can make for a short but useful workout.
Research shows that staying fit does not have to involve sessions in the gym. People are more likely to attain weight loss goals and improve health simply by moving more throughout the day. Small adjustments can have dividends. Walk the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Stand instead of sit when on the telephone. It all adds up.
Housework can be an ally when staying fit. When you are keeping your home in order, pick up the pace and get things done. One hour of doing laundry, vacuuming or doing dishes burns off about 250 calories. Yard work is even more beneficial.
Tabata, or short bursts of high-intensity exercise are good additions for staying fit. Following a warm-up, choose an exercise and give it your maximum effort for 20 seconds followed by ten seconds of rest. Do this eight consecutive times only once or twice a week and you will benefit.
People who are focused on staying fit make good use of all circumstances. Even attending your child’s practice session for a sport can be an opportunity for working on your health. You don’t have to watch from a bleacher seat. You can walk around the field or step up and down the bleacher steps. Just because life gets busy does not mean you have to sacrifice your needs for staying fit!
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life