I am a teacher and getting back to work. I am easily able to exercise during the summer months but I can already feel time crunch getting in the way of my work out program. How do I fit a workout into my busy schedule?
First decide that eating nutritiously and getting regular exercise is a priority for you. It needs to be! People that have inactivity as part of their life style are more likely to suffer from depression and get adult onset diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type two diabetes and metabolic disease. If a person stays physically fit they are more likely to ward off those types of problems. If you are fit you will have a plethora of health benefits; sleep better, empowered attitude, weight control, less aches and pains and an increased life expectancy and quality of life. Make taking care of yourself a daily priority! Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. (I Corinthians 6:19)
The American Heart Association recommends that each of us get a minimum of 20-30 minutes of cardio vascular exercise 3-5 times a week. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that we get an hour of physical activity in every day! Get moving even if you do not think you have time. I recommend that you take time before work, at lunch or immediately after work. Get a pedometer and make sure you are getting in 10,000 steps a day. Start with something you can fit into your life. If you have a sedentary job, take a five minute walk around the office on the hour and an additional 20 walk at lunch. This will get you an hour of exercise during your work day. Many people argue they cannot justify getting up from their desk and walking for 5 minutes on the hour. If you do get up and move on the hour you will have more energy and focus when you sit back down and will be more productive in your other 55 minutes. You can also practice good posture and core strength while you are sitting at your desk. It is not the same as riding your bike around a lake but it is a very effective way to beat daily stress and stay healthy!
1 Timothy 4:8 “For bodily exercise profits the body a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of life that now is and of that which is to come.”