Your physical fitness routine doesn’t need to be elaborate, so long as you’re spending enough time getting active each day.
As big a part of my life as the IT world is, it’s not the only thing I think about. I also happen to be an avid fitness enthusiast! I believe exercise and wellness are big parts of leading a happy, healthy, and successful life, and I’d like to pass that on to you.
In this series, I’ll share simple and effective tips and insight for leading a healthier life. Keep these in mind, and you’ll be surprised by how soon you feel a difference!
This week I’ll be sharing a few of the benefits of working 60 minutes of physical activity into your daily routine.
Daily physical activity is something we should all be making an effort to incorporate into our busy schedules, whether or not you have any type of specific fitness goal in mind. Physical activity keeps us healthy, even if you stick with low impact activities like walking. For those looking to improve your fitness level, lose weight, build muscle, or increase your endurance level, there are a few different ways you can approach your fitness routine.
Regardless of what types of training or activities you decide to go with, there is one goal that should be universal for everyone – the amount of time you spend getting active each day. Studies have shown that 60 minutes of physical activity each day can have a huge impact on a person’s overall health, and improve the kinds of results you’ll see from your workouts. Putting that time in however you can is key.
I’ve talked before about how important consistency is to your fitness routine, but carving an entire, uninterrupted hour out of your schedule each day is more than a lot of people can commit to. Life is hectic, and work, family, and social obligations can eat into the time you’ve tried to set aside for yourself very quickly. If half an hour at the gym is as much as you can guarantee yourself, that doesn’t mean you’re falling short of your fitness goals. It just means you might have to get a little creative and make up the other half of that hour block with other kinds of physical activity.
Taking the dog for a 15-minute walk after dinner or sneaking in a quick, brisk stroll during your lunch hour more that counts towards your hour total. As long as what you’re doing gets your heart rate up, you can do just about any type of physical activity. It’s completely worth the effort for the cardiac health benefits alone.
And if you can hit the gym for an hour each day? Make sure you’re making the most of your time there. Mix up your cardio with some strength training, and settle into a fitness routine that lets you mix things up. Focus on different muscle groups from one workout to the next, and challenge yourself to keep things interesting.
This one hour rule also applies to someone who is looking to maintain a healthy body weight. One of the biggest struggles people who’ve tried to lose weight face is keeping themselves at their goal weight once they’ve reached it. The tendency to ease off on physical activity or drop the gym altogether just because you’re sticking to your diet can have a negative impact on your long-term results. To stay healthy, you need to keep doing the things that have helped you get healthy in the first place.
You may have started working out because you wanted to change your body, but that work doesn’t stop once you’re satisfied with your progress. And for most people, 60 minutes of moderate physical activity a day is enough to maintain a healthy weight, and ward off negative health effects. This is especially important if your job keeps you behind a desk all day.
An hour might seem like a lot of time to devote to fitness each day, but once you start making an effort to hit that goal, you’ll realize it’s not terribly difficult to do. In fact, it’s no more disruptive to your daily routine than changing your diet. Start small, make changes you know you can commit to, and put forth the effort required to meet those commitments.
As with any other fitness goal, upping your physical activity level won’t always be smooth sailing. Having to shorten or skip workouts on occasion is unavoidable, and completely forgivable as long as you don’t let it become a habit. Find a physical activity routine that works for you, and watch yourself progress.