How to fit Exercising into Your Busy Schedule

If you’ve ever talked to a businessman, you are surely aware that in the modern business landscape there’s a prevalent attitude that no matter what – business comes first.

As a matter of fact, it’s the high priority that eclipses practically everything else in one’s life – including family members, close friends and especially health and fitness. The sad thing is, today, a large number of young entrepreneurs are willing to sacrifice all of those things to focus on making their business venture successful.

And don’t get me wrong – greed isn’t the main motivator behind this – because after a while, dollars become nothing more than points in the business game. So what’s it really all about? Well, most people want to feel like they are creating something important – something that could possibly change the world one day.

And that’s why it’s so easy to brush so many important things off. However, before you skip your next workout in favor of a business meeting, there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind.

Lack of Physical Activity – A Global Pandemic

As out little subtitle above suggests, in the last couple of years, researchers have discovered that physical inactivity has become a pandemic on a global scale.

As Time reports, according to a series of papers published in the Lancet Journal, lack of exercise causes around 10% of premature deaths around the globe each year. The same researchers also indicated that smoking takes roughly as many lives, which brings us to a sad but a true and simple fact – lack of exercise is as deadly as smoking.

On the other hand, regular exercise can lower the risk of a number of factors, including high blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol, which in turn lowers the risk of diseases such as diabetes, colon cancer and heart disease, just to name a few. If you take a look at current government guidelines, experts recommend at least 150 minutes of exercise per week.

Some of you are probably thinking that with your difficult schedules, how can a person even manage to get the minimal amount of recommended exercise?

Balancing your Work Life and Exercising

Exercising doing pushups

It’s actually much easier than you think. Basically, all you need to do is take a few steps to maximize your workouts during the week and you’ll have enough time to concentrate on your work and work on your body at the same time.

• Prepare Meals In Advance

You already know that your diet is almost as important to your fitness goals as actual workouts. But you probably think you don’t have enough time to prepare healthy meals every day before work. Actually, all you need to do is pick one day during the weekend, and prepare post-workout meals for the full week. And if you don’t have enough time to go shopping, simply use a meal prep service like Home Chef.

• Set Up a Quick Strength Routine

Some people hit the gym for an hour or two every day. But while this may recommendable for athletes, there’s no need for a two-hour workout – especially if you’re up against serious deadlines. Instead, you should shorten your workouts to 15 or 30 minutes and combine them with a little cardio and yoga. A smart thing would be to look into the ever-popular HIIT workouts.

• Set and Complete a Pushup Goal

It doesn’t matter if your upper body strength needs some work or not – working toward a certain goal will provide you a great way to add small bursts of physical activity throughout your day. Furthermore, this little exercises will also beef up your chest are and strength and girth to your shoulders and triceps. And don’t be ashamed to start with something small like 20 or 30 pushups.

Final Thoughts

Exercising running through streets

Before you start implementing the tips we listed above, here you have a couple of things you should always keep in mind.

For starters, if you start ignoring your workout session, your health will go downhill in a matter of few years (maybe even months). And with the loss of physical health, your productivity at the office will definitely go down.
All of that can easily lead to depression, which will because you lose the motivation and concentration you need to do the things that make your business successful. Simply put, excellence in one area of your life will promote excellence in all other areas.

Finally, exercise is perhaps the easiest area of your life you can control, so naturally, if you manage to control it properly, it will lift up other areas – including your work life.

By Adam Ferraresi

Adam Ferraresi author bioSince the first moment he logged online, Adam knew that wanted to work with computer for a living, and fifteen years, later he is making his living as a web developer. He’s also quite successful at it, and you can read his articles about his biggest passion

Unusual Ways to Lose Weight

We learned that dieting and working out are the key to losing weight. That might be true, but that’s no fun at all! Did you know that there are many other ways you can boost your weight loss and even have some fun in the process? Well, here are five unconventional ways you can lose weight, so try to incorporate them in your daily weight-loss plan.

Go to the park

If you’re tired of going to a stuffy gym to do your regular workout routine, try hitting the park instead. Call your friends and you can organize a friendly Frisbee competition, soccer game or baseball match. When it’s colder, you can switch a park for a bowling alley or a ping pong table. They are equally fun, and you will burn some serious calories. If your friends aren’t free to hang out, take your dog. You can throw some ball, play Frisbee or have a tug-of-war. It’s a great bonding time, and we guarantee you will at least break some sweat.

Lose Weight man throwing frisbies

Sleep more

Sleeping is everyone’s favorite activity, but who knew it can help you lose weight. Experts connect sleeping with a healthier lifestyle, diet and consequentially with better fitness levels. If you’re sleep deprived, you have a much higher chance of breaking the rules of your diet and workout plan, and succumbing to unhealthy snacks and drinks. So, next time you feel sleepy, just go and have a nap. You’ll be doing both your mind and your body a favor, and one day you will just wake up fit.

Dance, dance, dance

Next time you’re in the club, leave that sugary cocktail and hit the dance floor instead. It doesn’t matter if you’re a great dancer, or if you have two left feet, dancing will undoubtedly raise your heartbeat and you will burn some calories. It can be salsa, hip hop or rave music; it doesn’t matter as long as it has an upbeat rhythm. If you stick to water for the rest of the night, you’ll have yourself a serious fat-burning workout. A tumble mat will allow you to dance in the comfort of your own home, you can have endless fun with these tumbling mats. So, let’s dance!

Lose Weight while skateboarding

Try skateboarding

If you like a little bit of adrenaline in your bloodstream, give skateboarding a try. You will not only lose some extra pounds, but you’ll also have so much fun in the process. If you ride a skateboard for 60 minutes a day, you can burn as much as 400 calories and the constant muscle tension will tone your muscles nicely. While skateboarding, your legs and core are working non-stop, either for propulsion or for balance, which makes skating a great muscle-building workout. You can ride cruiser skateboards to work, to the beach, even at night (there are glow-in-the-dark boards), so you can get your workout anywhere and anytime.

Lose Weight skateboard up against wall

Photograph everything you eat

For those of you who are obsessed with Instagram, this weight-loss trick will not be a bother at all. Taking photos of your food is an easy and efficient way of keeping track of what and how much you eat during the day. It’s better than writing it down because this way you can actually see all the food you consumed. Snap a photo of everything you eat for an accurate image (don’t skip that little snack or that chocolate bar.) Another good thing is that sometimes when you look at your portion through the lens, you can better see the size of it, and it will stop you from overeating. So, next time you have a meal, don’t hesitate to take a snap of it.

Lose Weight take pictures of all food

Who said losing weight is only about cutting portions and hitting the gym. With these 5 tips and tricks, you will not only lose weight, but you’ll spend time with friends, get some fresh air, and have fun.  Incorporate these into your daily routine, and watch as your pounds melt.