How to Balance Exercise and a Career

July 7, 2018

When you’re working a full time job, it can be hard to find time to relax, let alone exercise.  Making sure to find ways to incorporate some sort of activities that raise your heartrate is so important, especially considering how many health benefits are tied to regular exercise.  

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A lot of the time, when people think of exercise, they think of the visible benefits such as losing weight and toning muscle.  However, exercising regularly can also have many hidden benefits. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, exercise can help reduce your risk of heart disease, help your body measure blood sugar and insulin levels, and even reduce your risk of some cancers.

A quick 20 minute home workout in the morning is a great way to start off your day active without having to disrupt your everyday schedule.  Not only do you burn more fat when you’re on an empty stomach, but according to the National Institute for Fitness and Sport, you are able to build muscle more efficiently because your testosterone levels are higher in the morning.  There are dozens of videos you can follow along to on YouTube if you aren’t sure what exactly to do. Blogilates is a popular one that has a workout for every body goal.  

Another great way to sneak exercise into your life is to find ways to make everyday activities more active.  This can so beneficial because it takes almost no extra time out of your day and can easily become a part of your everyday routine.  Small things such as parking farther away from your destination and walking the extra few feet or, instead of sending an email to a coworker, walking to their desk and having a small in-person meeting.

Lastly, you can fit in some mini workout during slow periods during your day.  Anytime you find yourself just sitting around or waiting for something, that’s the perfect time to break out with some exercise.  Waiting for the water to boil? Do some squats. Mindlessly watching TV commercials? Do some sit ups. It won’t take any extra time from your day and will make you feel accomplished.