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Tips To Stay In Shape With A Busy Lifestyle

It’s hard to stay in shape when you have a busy lifestyle. It seems like everything tugs on your time and you have none left to exercise. You’re always eating on the run, making eating healthy more difficult, too. Right now is the best time to start a program. It’s the downtime after the holidays and isn’t as packed with extra activities. You can start by making a few small changes and lay out a plan to do more as you progress, taking the changes in increments.

Find the right time to workout.

Whatever time you choose, make sure you can do it consistently. Put it on your calendar as you would with any appointment and don’t sacrifice that time unless it’s an emergency. Creating a consistent exercise schedule makes a habit, like brushing your teeth before you leave the house in the morning. Don’t leave it to chance and wait until there’s time during the day or you’ll never workout. If you never know when your workday ends, exercise in the morning before you go to work.

A healthy lifestyle requires a healthy diet.

Are you always stopping for fast food? It’s not a healthy diet. You can save time and money by doing meal planning. Our Fit Meal Formula provides the week’s menus and a shopping list. You shop one day, cook a week’s worth of food on another, and pack it up for the rest of the week. During the week, heat and serve. It’s faster, healthier, and far less expensive than fast food. You’ll save time and gas by not stopping at the drive-through and can even double recipes and freeze the extra for other weeks when you’re busy.

Don’t forget to get adequate sleep and hydrate regularly.

Sleep is far more vital than most people think. If you don’t have enough sleep, it can affect your weight. It slows your metabolism and makes you tired, but even worse, it makes you hungrier, so you eat more. When you lack sleep, your body creates more ghrelin—the hunger hormone—and less leptin—the hormone that makes you feel full. Hydrating can also cut your appetite. Thirst is often mistaken for hunger, so hydrating will cause you to eat less.

  • Save time by doing more effective workouts. Compound exercises, HIIT—-high intensity interval training—and full body workouts cut the time. When you increase intensity, you reduce the amount of time necessary for exercise.
  • Write down goals and keep score. If you have a personal trainer, the trainer does that. Tracking your progress can boost your morale and help you make modifications to get better results.
  • If you can’t find time for a full workout, break your workout into several sessions. On those days you’re in a pinch, do several short sessions of ten to fifteen minutes each. Increase your activity by taking extra steps or using the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Alternate your workout between the gym and outside activities like biking, walking, or running. It can be something fun like dancing or playing with the kids.

For more information, contact us today at Body Sculptors Personal Training

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