and Workouts Pilates
In a perfect
world, exercising would consist of a great game of football, or a
lovely run through glistening meadows. In reality, however, exercise
can be forgotten as the unrelenting demands of life and its menial
tasks take prominence. Similarly, going to the gym can take up a large
chunk of time if you include getting there, showering, changing and
coming home. As we get busier and busier as a nation, however, exercise
can’t afford to be back-seated.
There are many ways to fit exercise around a busy schedule –
giving you no excuse not to get that cardio in. Depending on your
lifestyle, it’s both imperative and extremely easy to ensure
your body is getting the regular workout it needs.
For the full-time workers amongst you, a sedentary day behind a desk
will do no good for your body. One option is to evaluate how you get to
and from work. Do you drive past a Park and Ride? Do you get off at the
bus stop nearest to work? Similarly, could you be more active on your
If you can’t be active during the day due to the demands of
work, it’s easy to introduce it into your evenings. If you
find yourself concerned with seeing people and doing things, simply
work out when you can opt for walking instead of using transport.
Similarly, swap meeting up with a friend for coffee with a walk in the
park together. Socialising can easily be incorporated into an exercise
If your evening consist of turning your brain off and relaxing, setting
aside half an hour for Pilates or yoga won’t disrupt your
tranquil evening. If your night is planned around the television, then
yourself some home fitness equipment. A good exercise bike or
of these cross trainers will allow you to multitask, leaving
no excuse for not moving.
Unfit, unwell and otherwise unable to do high-impact
For those whom it isn’t possible or recommended to do
high-impact exercise, a lower impact option will be of great benefit to
you. There’s a multitude of such exercises, depending on your
individual ability. Yoga, Pilates and walking are great
examples of slower exercise that will still burn calories and build
muscle. Similarly, most exercise DVDs offer a low-impact
The stereotype of students is lazy – doing a little bit of
work in-between naps and noodle-eating. For some, this may be accurate,
but for the majority, this isn’t the case. Luckily, there is
a wealth of options at university for students to stay active
in-between working and playing hard. From university sports teams to
cheap gym membership, there is usually a lot of active opportunities on
and around campuses. Similarly, with time on your side, the cheapest
option is to get those running shoes on and explore the surround city.
The chances are that you run around enough, sit down and have a cuppa.