Don't let the social
and school events of late summer sidetrack your fitness goals. Here are
six ways to fit fitness into your busy lifestyle:
Make morning work for you. Get up half an hour earlier than the rest of your family for workout time that won't be interrupted.
Family time = workout time. Looking for ways to spend
more time with the kids and get some exercise, too? Investigate family
outings that require physical activity, such as hikes through local
parks and forests and 5K events that raise money for charity.
Save commute time. Instead of heading home during
rush-hour traffic, tote your exercise clothes and equipment to work and
walk, run or bike near your office after working hours. By the time
you've finished your workout, the traffic jams will have disappeared!
Eliminate TV time. Do you really need to watch so much TV, anyway? Tape your favorite shows to watch on the weekend and use the time to exercise.
Make a date. If you meet a friend for coffee every
week, try bringing a bottle of water to the mall to sip while you take
a few laps around the stores. Or if your book discussion group usually
meets for drinks and high-fat meals, suggest a vegetarian restaurant to
host the discussion for your latest read and follow up with an
Think frequency, not duration. It's easy to convince
yourself to skip workouts when you dread a long time commitment.
Instead of scheduling three 45-minute exercise sessions each week, aim
to complete five 20-minute sessions of physical activity instead.
Did you know that using barbells for lower body exercises lets you lift a substantial amount of weight. "The issue with dumbbells for exercises like squats and lunges is that grip strength is a limiting factor," says Schoenfeld. Because your lower body is generally much stronger than your upper body, your grip strength tends to give way long before your legs do. But using a barbell eliminates that problem. Read more