We are all getting busier and busier as life goes on, and so it means that there are fewer opportunities for us to fit in the all-important workout routines. And even something as enjoyable as activities and sports that you can play with your family seems to be obstructed by the working week. So by the time the weekend rolls around, we are left exhausted and not particularly in the mood to do anything that requires exertion. The real trick to getting fit when we have busy lives is all about working smarter rather than working harder. We all have to work at getting a good exercise routine in so here are a few ways to structure it into your busy lives.
Option 1: Exercise On The Way Into Work
Staying active is so important. It isn’t just about staying in shape but keeping your mind active and healthy too. The bodily and mental benefits are crucial beyond reasons of vanity, but that still may not be enough to motivate you to get out there and keep active. Many sports and physical activities seem boring on the face of it.
Heading to the gym can be tedious and repetitive for many people, long walks can be dull, and even some popular sports such as basketball and soccer aren’t exciting to everyone. Still, if you’re desperate to do more to keep yourself healthy and happy but you’re starting to doubt whether there are any exciting sports of physical activities out there then here are a few examples which might just change your mind.
There comes a time when a sport no longer becomes a hobby but a passion. If you feel you’ve mastered the basics or perhaps even conquered your sport on an intermediate level, it could be time to give yourself a new challenge surrounding your sport. Here are some of the major ways that you can progress to a professional level.
Every sports from football to mountain biking to even pilates has a competitive side. If you haven’t yet tried competing in some kind of event, it could be time to give it a go. A competition is the perfect tangible goal to make you want to get better. Keep competing until you start winning and then up the stakes when you feel ready by taking on bigger competitions.
Heading to the beach is a brilliant way to spend a day or two during the summer. Sunbathing on the sand and having a swim in the sea is the perfect way to relax, but some people find that a bit boring. If you’re a very active person, the idea of laying on the beach all day doing nothing isn’t that attractive. That doesn’t mean you should miss out altogether though. There are loads of great beach sports that you can play while you’re there. Next time you head to the beach, why not try out some of these great sports?
Beach volleyball is one of the most popular beach sports because it’s easy to pick up, and anybody can get involved. All you need is a net and you’re ready to go. It doesn’t really matter how many people you’ve got on each team and people can drop in and out as they please so it’s the perfect, easy going game to play at the beach.
Ironman began as a relatively small, niche sport back in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It was the brainchild of a US Navy Commander called John Collins who decided to add swimming and biking to the regular Honolulu Marathon in Hawaii. Since then, it’s developed into one of the most popular – and most challenging – sports on the planet, with thousands of people competing every year.
Of all the sports on offer, the Ironman triathlon is perhaps the most grueling on the mind and body. Athletes have to swim 2.4 miles, cycle 112 and then run a full 26.2-mile marathon. It’s not for the faint-hearted, and something that seasoned Ironman competitors usually only do once or twice a year at most.
Given that it is so grueling, how should budding Ironman competitors prepare?
Becoming a runner for the first time isn’t for the faint of heart. But, it also gives you a sense of achievement and freedom you can’t find anywhere else. Running is healthy, boosts energy levels and promotes good mental health. In fact, there aren’t many downsides to taking up running. However, if you’re starting to run for the first time, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Take a look at these tips.
Keep in Mind That It Will Be Hard
One of the first things you’ll need to do is motivate yourself. Even when you’ve been running for a while and you’re fully aware of the benefits, motivation is still hard. Once you’ve found the motivation you need, you may find that the first half of your journey is easy. But, most runners usually hit a wall halfway through and find it difficult to carry on. Once you’ve done a few runs, you’ll have the added struggle of running while your muscles and joints are sore. It’s important to remember that your first few runs may not be easy, but it will get better if you’re willing to push through.
For centuries, Americans have enjoyed fishing as both a leisure activity, and a way to feed their families. Fishing is the quintessential all-American activity that can be done in quiet solitude alone or jovially with buddies. It can bring the family together as they plan the trip, catch, prepare and eat the fish. While many anglers enjoy fishing by themselves, appreciating the quality time with nature, but there are plenty of reasons why fishing can be great for the whole family, especially the kids.
In today’s world of cheap and convenient sugary, salty and fatty processed foods, kids face an uphill battle to give their bodies the right nutrition to grow into healthy and responsible adults. Since fish is a nutritious food source, if you choose (or are able) to eat your catch, it can be a valuable lesson in the virtues of consuming naturally sourced foods. In an age where processed foods are increasingly becoming the norm, it’s great to give kids the opportunity to understand where their food comes from.
Some people are sedentary for the majority of their lives. While being sedentary is the easiest thing to do in the short term, it definitely isn’t the healthiest. Plus, it will 100% cause you more problems in the long term. Failing to get daily exercise and the minimum recommended number of steps a day (5000) can leave you with a weak immune system, heart disease, and many other issues.
If you’ve been sedentary for most of your life, you might think that it’s too late to turn to sport. Well, that’s where you’re wrong. It’s never too late to turn to sport; there are athletes aged 80-95 who are still killing it on the track and field. Even if you’re young but feel you have no ‘natural talent’ – newsflash: hardly anybody has natural talent! Some kids are sent to dance school while they’re young and become incredible dancers. They still have to work for it. Everybody has to work for something they want to be good at. You can’t use ‘natural ability’ as an excuse not to do something. Here are some ideas that could help you turn your life around before you experience difficult health issues: