I am as busy as the next guy and although I am no fitness guru, I have made an effort over the past 12 months to get in shape with thanks to EFM Health Clubs, as I mentioned in this article, I have been able to get in better shape and shed some (very) stubborn weight.
As someone who is juggling career and internet marketing along with everything else in life, I have a very good understanding of what it takes to keep on track with fitness and so it has prompted me to pen a quick article with how I manage to stay on track.
“5 tips on how small business owners and busy professionals can keep fit despite being busy”
1. Workout in the morning
Studies show that if you do workouts for 30 minutes to 1 hour every day, you will not only keep your body fit and healthy, but your productivity will also increase substantially. Busy professionals and small business owners operated on a tight busy schedule and finding time to keep fit during the day can be difficult. It is therefore my personal recommendation that you exercise in the mornings.
In my experience, if it doesn’t get done in the morning, it doesn’t get done at all and I am sure most people will have had the same experience as me.
In the morning, your mind is always fresh and active and I always find that I am far more productive immediately after the workout than when I stumble out of bed and try to put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard).
2. Look for a partner to workout with.
If you want to be successful in a fitness program, then it is advised that you should have a partner. I am probably not the best person to talk about this specifically, because I exercise without a training buddy but I do invest in a personal trainer which is an expensive way of getting yourself a training partner!!!
If you can not afford a personal trainer ad $1 per minute of more, your partner can be your friend, co- worker relative or even your family member. Both of you must be committed to achieve a common goal and that is being fit. Partners plays a very crucial role as they will always be boosting your morale when you feel like giving up and encourage you that you can indeed make it. A great way to hold you accountable is having a partner.
3. Be committed.
Setting milestones and goals is actually one of the best ways to stay committed and also to make it fun. Commitment brings success. Operating on a busy work schedule needs you to be committed to your fitness program. For instance, if you have decided to do some push ups every morning before you go to work, ensure that you commit yourself to the challenge. Always avoid things that can make you deviate from your fitness program plans.
4. Be disciplined.
You cannot be committed to your fitness program if you are not disciplined and focused. Being disciplined means that you always respect and follow the goals and objective that you have set. Both small business owners and busy professionals have very limited free time and they have many things or task that they want to do. A disciplined person will ensure that he/she will never procrastinate his/her fitness program and later look for excuses to justify his/her means.
5. Use the stairs.
Using the stairs instead of using elevators can indeed help you stay fit. Since many business owners and busy professionals don’t have time to go to the gym, using stairs to go to office can be a great way to help you stay fit. Also instead of using personal car to go to work, you can decide to walk to work if their work place is not very far.
How To Get Started:
If I have in any way helped you to come to the realisation that now is the time to make it happen and get fit, I can recommend a gyms directory such as GymsGuide.com.au. If you are like me and want to find a personal trainer, they have a useful article on how to choose a personal trainer.
Another alternative which I know is common is getting a piece of home gym equipment. The Gyms Guide website has a useful article on hiring a treadmill, but you could also consider purchasing a rowing machine or similar device. The Rowing Machine Advice website has a substantial list of reviews on it.
Exercise bikes are also very popular, particularly recumbent models as they are supremely comfortable to ride and easy to mount. A further resource for looking further into these is www.recumbentexercisebikeadvice.com.
All the best as you embark on a fitter, healthier and happier you!