Apart from willingness, time is the biggest constraint for busy women to do any fitness activities. The irony is working and busy women have time for everything (including a beauty parlor, fashion designer, shopping, TV serials, What App chat, phone chat and what not) and everyone (including the boss, colleagues, husband, children and in-laws) but no time or the exercise.
This is our social fabric or priority mismatch I don’t know. Whatever it may be, not having time for the self is the reality and harsh reality. This must change.
A fitter woman is a powerful asset to the society as a whole. Finding time for own health and fitness is not difficult, but the question is of priority. When the doctor tells you only medicines won’t work and you must exercise, then only you change priorities. Till then you ignore your health.
You believe prevention is better than cure is just a slogan and it’s for others. Not applicable to me.
“Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.” Denis Waitley
However, till the situation changes and women realise the importance of their own health and fitness, we have to live and deal with that.
How much time do we need daily to exercise to remain fit?
The answer is only 30 minutes daily. In an article on Mayo Clinic, “How much should the average adult exercise every day? By Edward R. Laskowski, M.D. writes,”
Aerobic activity. Get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. The guidelines suggest that you spread out this exercise during the course of a week.
5 days and 30 minutes are what it takes to take care of our exercise requirements. The moot question is how to find 30 minutes in 5 days from 7 weekdays.
We tell stories to our self and believe in that. The need is to change the story you tell yourself. First and foremost, imagine and think your doctor has asked you to exercise without which you won’t be able to work after six months. Your income will stop and expense and suffering will start. What will you do? (In reality, this is the fact even if your doctor is not telling you today, time of six months may be different, but the fate is the same if you don’t time for the exercise).
If you reduce expenses, your income will increase automatically. Right?
If you reduce wastage of time, your free time will increase automatically.
How to find time for your daily exercise:
- Reduce time for TV, Unwanted chats, What’s App.
- Early to bed is helpful to get up 30 minutes early.
- Walk to work, if not fully partially.
- Climb steps wherever possible.
- Do some exercise in the office. Watch this video. One more video by Denise Austin.
- Missed your office, exercise, no problem we have Kitchen exercises for you. (Now no more excuses)
- Keep a company of someone for your workout who will accompany you for exercise and motivate you daily.
- Tell your boss, you need time for exercise. If every woman takes up this mission, things will change.
Edward R. Laskowski, M.D. also writes,” Strength training. Do strength training exercises for all major muscle groups at least two times a week. Aim to do a single set of each exercise, using a weight or resistance level heavy enough to tire your muscles after about 12 to 15 repetitions.”
However, something is better than nothing. We are talking about people who don’t exercise at all. First, find time for the basic aerobics exercise and once you see the benefits gradually move on to strength training too.
No amount of excuse will save you from the disease and the pain associated with it. We all know the quote,” If you don’t find time for exercise, you will soon have to find time for illness.”
Loving the self is the most important thing to love your family and everything else in the word. Start today.
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