Fitting fitness into a busy lifestyle

Do any of us really ever say we have enough time? I’m not sure that we would; there are always other things to be done – jobs to go to, families to raise, homes to look after. For me personally, my daily to-do list is an ongoing battle which seems to be longer by the end of the day instead of shorter and I rarely seem to have the satisfaction of having crossed all items off the list by bedtime!

Fitting in some exercise can just end up feeling like another chore to be squashed in somewhere, and the pressure of this can end up taking away some of the benefits of a workout, such as stress relief. I do think though that people get too hung up on the idea that you need a decent hour at least in order for exercise to be beneficial. Not so! Whilst of course, if you like going to specific classes at a gym for example, these tend to take up a little more time, you can get an amazing session done in just 20 minutes if you really put the effort in, and you don’t even have to leave home for it; instead, it’s all about effort and intensity.

Whilst I understand that everyone’s schedules are different, my top tip is to try and fit something in as early in your day as possible. 9 times out of 10, if you promise yourself you’ll do something in the evening, it won’t happen!! Get it done and dusted as soon as you can and you will often find that by doing so, that also keeps you focussed on being more active generally for the rest of the day. And by being active, I mean taking the stairs instead of the lift, walking or cycling to work, getting away from your desk at lunchtime – all these points, however small they seem on their own, add up when put together.

Good heath and fitness isn’t about slogging away for hours on a treadmill – it’s about finding what works for you and being smart and consistent with your activity, matched with good nutrition and adequate rest.