You want to get in shape and improve your health, but your day is full of everything from family and work to grocery shopping and hanging out with friends. Where do you find the time to get a serious workout? The answer is not so much finding a huge chunk of your day a few times a week, but rather finding just 20 minutes to commit to exercise every day. So find a sale on some workout clothes or shop online with a coupon code from Zappos or Target, grab your sneakers, and start getting healthy with these quick workout ideas!
Waking up takes a couple of hours for most people; oh sure, you might seem conscious, but is your blood flowing? Is your brain thinking? Are your eyes even seeing? Completely waking up involves revving up both the brain and the body, and helping one tends to help the other.
Perks: Working out first thing in the morning has a lot of advantages. The body warms up with increased circulation, perfect for those cool mornings. As the body warms up, the brain starts sparking with the influx of blood and oxygen, thus waking it up faster and more naturally than a morning caffeine binge. The morning workout also gives your brain a chance to start processing consciously many things: thoughts from yesterday, from sleep, of things to come in the day.
Exercise Ideas: Jogs are often preferable in the morning because of the empty streets and cool morning air. If you’re just getting started, begin by jogging just around the blocks near your house. As you build up your stamina, you can go further and explore the neighborhood on your morning jogs.
Quick Workout Ideas for Lunchtime
If mornings are not your best time, take a mid-day break to stretch your legs and get your heart pumping.
Perks: With regard to office workers, numerous studies have articulated the hazards of a stationary and sedentary work life; sitting still for eight or more hours straight in a day can lead to serious health problems, so break up the day with some exercise!
Exercise Ideas: Yoga and pilates are very popular for lunch time breaks. Some offices, if located in a major metropolis, even offer yoga classes in their buildings so employees have access to workout facilities without having to go too far.
What, work more after work? It might sound crazy, especially when you’re tired and worn out from a long day of work, but closing your day with exercise is a great way to wind down.
Perks: By working out right when you get home, you can clear your head and transition from office work to resting at home. You can relieve all the stresses of the day, and the physical warm down ensures that you will eat a good dinner and sleep like a baby.
Exercise Ideas: I personally like short video workouts. Taking 20 or 30 minutes to sweat it out with Jillian Michaels really helps me get away from thinking of work and get right into relaxing at home. The best workout routines include dynamic formulas that include everything from strength to cardio to abs. Committing just 30 minutes every day consistently is enough to really improve your strength and flexibility long term.
Guest post by Analise Marcus, working girl with a passion for avoiding the health concerns that plague sedentary lifestyles. She recommends finding exercise gear and training videos with a coupon code from stores like Zappos, Target, and Sports Authority.
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