Today’s topic is how to stay active when really, all you want to do is sit at your desk and kill it at work to get your projects done. While that is super important, so is your health.
It can be hard to stick to a routine when all you seem to have time for is the next deadline.
Ever wonder how some people stay fit with their full-time jobs? It’s easy to assume they’re some sort of demigod or superhuman, but that might not be the case. Regular workouts help with improving not only your health, but also your mood, energy, and productivity.
If that deadline is so important, focusing on staying active actually might help you achieve it both faster and more efficiently.
That’s great and all, but how do you manage to stick to a workout routine when the 9-5 job is pounding on your door? Below I have tips on how you can stay active with an active mind.
1. Start slow.
If you put all your energy on jumping right into working out, you’ll inevitably burn out. If you take it slow and build up to the more hardcore/CrossFit “I’m going to kick your butt, fitness goals!” stuff, you’re more likely to stick with it.
Not to mention it’s easier to figure out how to fit in just 10 minutes of exercise into your routine than an entire hour.
2. Bring a friend.
I know, I know, no one likes having someone watch them get all hot and sweaty and gross. But, hear me out.
Bringing a gym buddy means having someone to hold you accountable, which in turn may mean that you’re more likely to perform better in the gym and stay on schedule with your routine.
3. Focus on yourself.
A lot of times when we say we’re going to start working out, we do it for the wrong reasons. Maybe it’s fitting into that size 8 dress for your coworker’s wedding or outrunning Karen on her morning jog, but really, it needs to be about you.
If you focus on your health and why working out is beneficial to your life, you’re more inclined to keep at it..
"Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity." - John F. Kennedy
4. Track your goals.
Keeping track of progress is a great way to stay motivated. Using your phone, a fitness watch, or even a journal to track your goals and achievements can help keep you accountable on your fitness journey.
5. Change things up a bit.
Doing the same thing every time you work out is enough to make anyone give up exercise. Change it up a bit with variations from yoga, swimming, weight training, the treadmill, etc.
The sky’s the limit when it comes to things you can do to stay in shape!