One of the biggest reasons people don’t exercise is because they believe they’re too busy. Finding the time to exercise can be a real scheduling challenge for a lot of people, especially when it comes to career demands and balancing that with your life at home. Fortunately, there is evidence that even a minimal amount of exercise can do wonders for your cardiovascular fitness.
Getting Out of the Starting Block
A study found that as little as 10 to 15 minutes of exercise each day can produce beneficial results. Middle-aged participants in the study saw reduced risks to their cardiovascular health at the conclusion of the study. Now, if you’re a business professional, it’s undoubtedly going to be tough to find the time to exercise. It may be even tougher if you find yourself juggling a family life with your demanding career as well. What you need is a simple and fast way to get out of the starting blocks to begin your fitness journey:
- Take a walk with a friend during your lunch break or after dinner.
- Use the stairs whenever they are an option.
- Do situps and other floor exercises first thing in the morning.
- Walk on a treadmill while reading or talking on the phone.
- If you have a family, get active together.
Staying on Track
Like any race worth running, fitness starts with a single step. Once you commit yourself to exercise you may find yourself looking forward to it. Many people view exercise as a stress release from the vigor of their daily commitments. However, like anything else, sticking to an exercise routine and being successful require a commitment as well. Give it the time it needs and practice, practice, practice. Find a routine that fits into your busy schedule and if your schedule includes travel, look for fitness help that is mobile, compact, and lightweight.
Here are some examples of fitness products that are ideal for travel:
- Exercise tubing or resistance bands
- DVDs for cardio, yoga, Pilates, or other exercise programs
- An inflatable exercise ball
Whether you’re on the road, at work, or at home, a simple and effective exercise program encourages good health and a better overall sense of well-being. It can also help you in all aspects of your life, including work, so you will ultimately feel better, work better, and live better. When combined with good nutrition, regular exercise can make you a winner in every sense of the word. You’ll stay balanced, healthy, and at the top of your game! You’re not too busy for that, are you?
Harriet Diamond is the founder and president of Youthing Essentials. She is a nutritionist and former Silicon Valley executive who started Youthing Essentials to offer products and information for high performance in the professional world. This article was originally published on NaturallySavvy.com