While the benefits of moving are unquestionable, sometimes it can be a struggle to fit it all in.
So before you exchange your exercise session for being sedentary, try keeping active without even the need for a structured session.
Active commuting, like cycling or walking, has all the benefits of a standalone workout except that some of the time would be spent commuting anyway. While it’s not suitable for long distance travelers, even walking to a further away bus stop or walking on days where the weather is better can be an option.
Need more convincing? A study of more than 2000 participants in the UK showed that commuting by bike was associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer, and all-cause mortality.
The study also measured walking and found it was associated with a lower risk of CVD independent of major measured factors.
Saving the planet
If you are keen to save the planet, combine it with some active moving and you’ll get to improve your health as well as that of the planet.
Whether it’s a small pot or a full garden, growing your own vegetables provides ample opportunity for physical activity in the outdoors, with the added benefit of low food miles, and easy access to healthy food.
Dancing is essentially exercising with style. The benefits of dance extend beyond the physical, with the coordination required exercising neural pathways as well, contributing to mental alertness and helping retain memory and cognitive function, especially as we age.
Whether it’s carrying groceries, doing a brisk vacuum, or stretching to dust under the furniture, using domestic chores as a chance to be active is unlikely to lead to a new-found joy for housework. But it may make it go faster and will add some easy heart rate raising activity to your week.
If a regular scheduled workout is not inspiring you, then look at other options. This could include using a trainer, trying a class, getting some new exercises, or even trying the pool. Exercise works best when done regularly, each week, month, and year; so choosing exercise and physical activity that you want to do is important.
At the end of the day there are a number of reasons you don’t have time for exercising and lack of time is only one of them.
It’s easier to find time to do things we enjoy, so if the exercise programme you have been doing doesn’t inspire you, then don’t sell yourself short – go looking for a sustainable, motivating form of exercise or physical activity.