Article by Aisling Gough, personal trainer, fitness instructor and nutritional advisor
We’re all aware that exercise has several benefits, from keeping health problems at bay, to boosting your mood and diminishing stress. So why are some of us not prioritising it?
The hardest part of leading an active lifestyle is figuring out how to actually fit in being active to an already manic life.
While some people can easily squeeze in a fitness class, run, or gym session to their day, there are a large number of people who quite naturally don’t have the time due to work and family commitments.
However, there is a way to ‘sneak’ it into your life. Exercise does not always need to be seen as a “workout” or chore.
I personally just ensure that a few days a week, my body has more movement than others.
Exercise does not always need to be seen as a “workout” or chore.
This, first of all, cancels out the thought that it is a daunting task. Secondly, it sounds far more achievable – quite simply because it is!
Below are a few ideas on you how can squeeze in more movement in your life, without even realising it.
This one is obvious, but also totally underrated. Something I’ve been getting clients to do lately is to take a stroll on their lunch break.
A 30 minute walk at a leisurely pace burns the calories, gets the heart rate up, and more importantly means that you go back to your desk a zillions times less stressed than you were when you left!
If you can cycle to and from work, do it! However, I know it is not totally possible for everyone to do so if they live too far away, need to drop the kids to school, etc.
Nonetheless, popping on the bike a few times a week makes a huge difference. Instead of hopping into the car when you need to grab some milk from the shop, get on your bike with a backpack and cycle there instead.
Not only will you be exercising on the sneak, but you will also be skipping traffic (dreamy). Side note – always use a helmet!
Your room, the kitchen, the bathroom, the whole house. Throw some tunes on, pull your gloves up and get scrubbing.
Before you know it, you’ve worked up a sweat and have a sparkling home!
A variety of apps can be downloaded (for free) to help increase your fitness levels. Seconds is a circuits (tabata, if you’re fancy) one that I regularly encourage my clients to use.
In a nutshell, you download it, set the timings, know what exercises you want to do and get going! A full body workout can be done in 12 minutes.
Do it at home whenever you want. I’m quite a fan of getting it done before my nightly Love Island fix! Here’s a mini workout for you.
Set the timings to 30 seconds of work, 15 seconds of rest and 5 sets:
1. Bodyweight squats
2. Mountain climbers
3. Tricep dips (using a bench or chair)
4. Jumping lunges
5. Bicycle crunches
Repeat 3 times, and hey presto, you feel fab and Love Island is about to start. Win win.
Aisling Gough is a personal trainer, fitness instructor and nutritional advisor, keen to spread positive mental wellbeing through the use of physical activity.