We all know that exercise is important. It burns calories and can help prevent certain medical ailments, especially heart issues. However, what many people don’t realize is that exercise is a natural anti-depressant, mood lifter, and stress reducer. Because of busy schedules and high demands on our time, many women push exercise to the bottom of their priority list. However, the truth is that finding the time to exercise a few times a week could make us better in all the other areas of our life.
The misconception that many women have about exercise is that hey have to join a gym and become an elliptical maniac to achieve it. The truth is that there are opportunities to exercise everywhere, no gym required.
One of the best ways to get exercise in a guilt-free way is to start a group. One of the main complaints of many working women and mothers is that there are not enough hours in the day to exercise, cook, clean, have a social life, and care for the other thousand responsibilities they have. Starting an exercise group knocks two of those items off the list in just a few hours a week. Getting your girlfriends on board to take 3, one-hour long power walks each week will help everyone stay on task with their exercise goals while providing you and your friends a much-needed social outlet. Whether you meet before or after work three times a week or grab your husband or a sitter for an hour in the evening a few times a week, the exercise will help reset your focus and your friends will give you the social outlet you’ve been craving.
Another way to sneak exercise in to a full list of daily activities is to throw in some strength training while you do your everyday routines. Sporting goods stores carry weights that strap to your ankles and wrists like cuffs. Next time you’re scrubbing the shower or vacuuming, strap on the weights and see what kind of arm workout you get from the scrubbing action or try some leg lifts while you vacuum. You’ll be surprised by how big a difference the extra weight will make.
Another way to fit in some exercise while avoiding bad habits such as late-night snacking is to exercise in front of the TV. While many men and women finish out their day by watching a little TV, this down time can be used to fit in a few crunches, squats and leg lifts. Set a goal for yourself; decide how many reps you’ll do and knock them out while you’re being entertained.
Some women are lucky enough to be able to exercise regularly and go to the gym a few times a week. For others, this is not possible or practical. However, not having a gym membership does not mean that you are unable to get exercise. Remember, the first step to starting any exercise program is to make a commitment to it before you start. You have to promise yourself that you will commit to a certain number of days to fit in some exercise or else you will never do it. Stay positive and stay committed.