So, you decided to take a break from your healthy living for Pancake Day. Just one pancake, you said. Maybe two. But you ended up eating a lot of pancakes. You coated them with syrup and sugar and jam. You got your sweet tooth back. And now you’re back to your old sugary habits.
I’ve certainly fallen into this trap after Pancake Day. Other dangerous days include Christmas, my birthday, and the fast-approaching Easter. Hey, it’s okay to have a fun feat occasionally! But you need to make sure you’re balancing it with good and frequent exercise.
Of course, it can be difficult to juggle work and kids with exercise. Does this mean you should just cut out all sugary treats? Well, that won’t really fix the issue. You need to get your blood pumping at least a few times a day to fend off all sorts of problems. This includes weight, fatigue, and organ-related dangers. So how do we make time to exercise?
Have you considered exercising late at night? It doesn’t sound very fun, I know. But with getting ready for work, then going to work, then making dinner for the kids, any earlier times may not be feasible. Contrary to popular opinion, working late at night won’t disrupt your sleep. It may even help you sleep better! It also helps you work off the day’s stress. You may even have an energy build-up from the daylight hours, which will help get a more vigorous workout.
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If you work out outside, the nighttime may be welcoming. Summer nights are an excellent time to work out, with the cooler air stopping you from getting overheated. Of course, this can seem like horrid advice in the dead of winter. And if you’re going running, then the pitch black isn’t exactly going to make you feel safe. You can tackle those issues with a gym that is open late. A 247 gym may be what you’re looking for.
But what if working out late at night doesn’t quite work with your schedule? In that case, you need to make time throughout the day. Remember that you don’t need to plan some big chunk of workout time. You can keep active for a few minutes at a time throughout the day. This isn’t a perfect substitute for longer workout sessions. But it does tackle one issue a lot of people don’t consider about their health.
If you have a sedentary job, meaning you’re sat down all day, this can pose a threat to your health. That’s even if you have long workouts at the end of the day. This is due to your heart rate. If your heart beats consistently at the same rate for hours on end, this can create issues with fitness.
You need to get your heart rate up a few times a day, not just during one big workout chunk. Go for brisk walks during your break. If you can get yourself in a private area, do a few minutes of running on the spot, or push-ups. You can also incorporate this into your family time. When encouraging your kids to go outside, make sure you also get outside from time to time! Go out with them and have some energetic fun.