Balancing Fitness and Work Life

Staying fit is very important for a long and healthy life. Whether we hit the gym or go for a jog, we all want to stay fit. However, it’s not easy balancing your fitness schedule with your work life. Managing work life and balancing fitness has become one of the greatest challenges in our fast-paced lives.

Most of us work for more than 40 hours a week. Our smartphones, tablets, and laptops have occupied a lot of our personal space. And then we have a personal space consisting of family and friends, and too deserve our time. Between all of these priorities, daily workouts take a back seat. However, we can’t afford to not have a healthy lifestyle. There is no point in working hard when we aren’t fit to enjoy the fruits of our hard work. Here are some tips to balance fitness and work life.

DEFINE WORKOUT IN A NEW WAY

For most people, workout means spending that dedicated one hour in the gym or other fitness centers. Running on treadmills, lifting weights, kicking into aerobics, or performing yoga on mats — these are the things that come to mind once you think about exercising. The hours spent in gyms not only provide fitness, but give satisfaction too. However, given our busy schedules and daily life, we need to think outside the box. Einstein once said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing year after year and expecting different results.” If you can’t take yourself to the gym, carry your gym with you. Workout wherever and whenever you can. Break that one hour regime into sets of 5-10 minutes. Find out alternatives to the exercises that you are used to doing in your gym.

A DIFFERENT APPROACH

Park your car further than your usual spot. Walk that extra distance to your destination. Planning to have a lunch with colleagues or friends? Pick a restaurant located at a decent walking distance. Encourage the people with you to walk along. Skip elevators, take the stairs, pause whenever you feel stressed and do simple breathing exercises.

When alone, try sit-ups and crunches. And while having long conversations on mobile, walk as you talk. The days you wake up earlier than your regular time, push yourself out of the bed, and go for a brisk walk or jog if you can.

Can’t make it 5-6 days in a week to the gym? No problem. Try to make it at least 2-3 days a week. No matter how big the gap becomes, don’t stop visiting the place completely.

These small measures, one step at a time, can contribute a lot towards your fitness goal. Your work, family life, and socializing can block your time, but not your intent. Breaking that daily one hour of “good workout” routine into basic exercises is the trick. Give yourself as many physical activities as you can. Don’t let your old approach limit your health. When you start working out whenever you can, you don’t confine yourself to the place called gym, instead you carry your gym wherever you go.

Fitness need not be expensive, but it definitely demands effort and commitment. So now you know, it IS POSSIBLE to stay fit and fine, even with your extremely busy work life.

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