April 4, 2013, 6:00 am

How You Can Squeeze Fitness Into Your Life (no matter how busy you are)

by: MD    Category: Uncategorized
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“I wish I could get in shape. I just have no time.” — most people reading this.

What’s your excuse for not working out?

  • Irregular hours.
  • Family with kids.
  • Full-time job.
  • No time.

When you want something bad enough, you’ll do it. If you don’t want it bad enough, you’ll think of an excuse.

The good news is that we’re all guilty of making excuses. You’re not alone. Excuses are common. The even better news is that you can easily squeeze fitness into your life without any radical changes. You don’t have to track calories or weigh your food. That’s lame.

I’m guessing that as a parent, entrepreneur, or just overall busy person, you want to lose a few pounds or have more energy. That’s cool and easily attainable.

I’ve been doing a TON of writing, research, and well application on fitness lately. I wanted to share my results with you to help you squeeze a little fitness into your life.

The world is your gym.

That’s right. You don’t have to worry about spending $50 on a gym membership or on some new fancy shoes that are supposed to make you run faster. The world is your gym. You can train in your living room or at the park. You don’t have to wait until you find a gym membership. You don’t have to drive anywhere to train.

You can try to do as many pushups as possible during commercials. You can walk more often instead of driving to the corner store. You get the point. It’s not rocket science. I’m just suggesting that you treat this world as your gym.

Keep it simple.

Keep it simple in terms of training. Instead of debating technique and different workouts at the beginning, just go for a run or bust out as many pushups as you can. If you drop down and do as many pushups as you can right now, you’ll be ahead of your friends that are still shopping around for a gym membership.

As a rookie, you don’t have to worry about meal timing or sets and reps. Just get out there and do anything. Any physical activity beats doing nothing and complaining about being out of shape.

Focus on eating right.

Eating right is key. You already know this. We all know this. We all know that we should be eating better. So how do you eat better? I’m going to share tricks that I’ve shared with my friends that are super busy but want to get in shape:

  • Keep good food on you. The best way to eat good food is to have good food on you. If you’re always on the go, you’re much better off carrying a pack of almonds in your car than you are stopping at McDonalds. The same logic applies to your home. If your home is filled with crap, you’re going to eat crap.
  • Start your day off with protein. Instead of being obsessed with diet, you can start your day off with a high protein meal. This will fill you up nicely for the rest of the day.
  • Never shop hungry. This is a common mistake. I used to do this all of the time. I go into the grocery store or mall starving. I leave with bags of chips and all sorts of crap. When you’re hungry you don’t think properly. We all know that feeling.

Save the junk for one day.

I love my pizza, poutine, beer, and vodka. I could never cut these all out. Why would I even want to try? I used to think that dieting was about eating well 100% of the time. Then I read The 4-Hour Body and Tim Ferriss stressed the idea of picking one day a week where you pig out. This works wonders for your soul. Instead of having a slice here and there, you can try to save it all up for one day. On this day, you snap. You eat whatever you want. You make yourself sick. One day only. The rest of the week you go back to eating normally. Simple enough.

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Our building was recently renovated and the design was that everything adjacent to the windows is aisle space. What this means is that the perimeter of the building is a big square, and I’ve taken to taking a lap around the building a few times a day. If I get up to go to the bathroom or get something from the kitchen, I’ll add in a few minutes to take a walk around. I figure it’s better than getting limited movement which is all too common for the 8-9 hours a day many of us spend in an office.

Hey Martin,

I love this line: “Any physical activity beats doing nothing and complaining about being out of shape”.

Simply including a trainning moment at least 3 times a week and stick to your schedule. I’ve decided to cut on my sleep. at first, it’s horrible. But over the long haul, you don’t even feel it and you get more energy than if you would have stayed in bed!

I don’t care how busy you are, you can always find a quick and easy way to stay in shape! Even the slightest bit of physical activity paired along with a healthy diet will make a world of difference!

My wife and I walk after dinner. I walk a great deal during the day too.

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It’s funny, up until two weeks ago I had excuses galore. Then I went on a weekend trip with my boyfriend and did a bunch of outdoors activities and I haven’t been so motivated to work out and eat right in years. I feel great. And actually I’m currently trying to figure out how I am going to fit in dinner, friends, a movie and a workout this evening and I rather go for a walk then go out. Odd how things change.

I believe in the saying “If there’s a will, there’s a way.” If you are determined to get into shape, you will find the time to exercise. It is not necessary to pay for gym membership to stay fit. I do my push ups and warm up exercises in our yard. The whole family either ride the bike, walk or run around the neighborhood after dinner. It does not only keep us on shape but also keeps our family bonded.

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Very true. If you want to do something bad enough you will MAKE the time to do it or else you find any excuse to skip it Staying healthy is necessary for vitality and living a long life not to mention saving money on medical bills and sickness which are inevitable without it. However, fitness is only one part of it you also have to eat healthy most of the time.

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Starting simple is the best way start. I started doing 10 push-ups every time I walked out my front door. I would do them inside obviously. But the rule was, If I planned on walking through that door frame, I had to drop and do 10 first. After a while I raised it to 15. Before I knew it my strength had increased significantly.