Being a hardworking professional probably means that most of your time is spent either commuting or at the office. It can be difficult to find time to get your daily workouts in, which is why so many professionals slowly get more and more out of shape over the years.
Don't let that be you!
Here's how you can be a fit hardworking professional:
1. Hit the Gym Near the Office
If you're lucky enough to work near a gym, make it one of your daily stops. No excuses--hit the gym every day.
2. Make Your Commute a Workout
Do you live close enough to your office to walk, jog or cycle? At least a few times a week, forget about taking the bus or driving, and instead make your commute your daily workout.
3. Skip Lunch
Just because it's called "lunch break" doesn't mean you need to spend that time at a restaurant. Instead, take your hour of lunch as a time to get your exercise in--either at a gym, in your park, or in your nearby Yoga studios. You can then eat your lunch at your desk.
4. Do an Office Workout
You would be amazed by how much exercise you can do if you'll just spend five or 10 minutes working out every hour. Do a few lunges or squats while on the phone, and do a few push-ups as you're waiting for your video to render. You can find dozens of five or 10-minute workouts online, and they'll make it easy for you to get in shape at the office.
5. Take the Stairs
Take the stairs both up and down any time you need to enter or exit the building, and you'll do a leg workout that's great cardio as well.
6. Find Office Workout Buddies
Need help to motivate yourself to get your workout in? Find a friend at the office that will work out with you, and sign up for a gym together. Make it your daily goal to motivate each other.
7. Take a Class You Enjoy
Many people need that extra helping hand to motivate them to work out, and the gym may not be enough. Instead of doing the gym, sign up for a class at your local martial arts dojo, Yoga or Pilates studio, or even a dance class. You'll have tons of fun, all the while getting in shape.
8. Accept No Excuses
This is one of the hardest things to do, but it's time to be a bit more selfish for the sake of fitness. Working late? Don't let that stop you from hitting the gym after work, or getting up a bit earlier for your run. It can be hard to work out earlier in the morning or later at night, but if it's the only way to actually fit it in, then do it!
9. Do What You Can
Just because you hear the word "workout" doesn't mean you need to spend an hour at a gym. You can do a high-intensity workout that burns a whole lot of calories in less than 20 minutes, and you'll still have time for a bit of a break.
10. Make Casual Activities Exercise
If you don't have too much time for exercise, make any of the casual activities you do into your workout. Speed walk through your grocery store when you do the weekly shopping, and make sure to turn that dog walk into a jog or run.
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Some people get lucky and are born with fit, toned bodies. Andy Peloquin is not one of those people... Fitness has come hard for him, and he's had to work for it. His trials have led him to becoming a martial artist, an NFPT-certified fitness trainer, and a man passionate about exercise, diet and healthy living. He loves to exercise--he does so six days a week--and loves to share his passion for fitness and health with others.