If finding time to get to the gym or incorporate an exercise class into your busy schedule is a struggle, then maybe you need to look at a bit of concurrent activity and incorporate your chores and exercise.
Maybe you don’t fancy going out jogging with the kids but there are lots of other ways you can build exercise into your busy schedule.
Burn 200 calories an hour with housework
When you think that vacuuming for an hour is going burn about 200 calories. Things like polishing dusting, mopping and sweeping are also going to burn a similar amount of calories then housework can take on a new meaning.
Putting on some music and setting the timer on your oven so you are “racing” against the clock to get stuff down is a good way to motivate yourself and keep the momentum going.
Then of course there is the gardening, running up and down the stairs and proper home-made meals which are going to increase the amount of your activity and therefore the calories you burn.
Think about it the energy involved in cooking a meals from scratch as opposed to sticking a ready meal in the oven and sitting down and watching the telly.
The thing is all activity burns calories – even lying on the couch watching the telly. But if you want to tone up a bit and lose a little weight you need to be a little more active every day and eat a little less and exercise a bit more.
Walk when you can
An hours moderate walking will burn around 280 calories an hour – so it makes those walking journeys a little bit more worth while. Walking briskly 30 minutes a day is also meant to have all sorts of life and health enhancing benefits – so building this into your schedule is well worthwhile prioritising.
Play with the kids
Active play with the kids, they will love and you will be burning calories. So whether it is a game of chase, playing ball in the garden or any other game that the kids fancy playing with you – it is going to be a bit of workout.
Don’t let your self down with the calorie stealers
We all have our weaknesses, whether it is a glass of wine, a bar of chocolate or nice piece of victoria sponge cake. But these items will not necessarily fill you up but give you a bit of sugar rush. The thing about exercising is it helps you lose weight and it tones you up. But you have to exercise an awful lot to burn up lots of wine, cake or chocolate.
For example 120ml white wine = 89 calories – just go and measure how much 120ml of liquid equates to. You may well be shocked. A couple of large glasses and you have had as much as a calorie laden pudding.
So keep an eye on the calories – and build more activity into your schedule. And within a few weeks you will have lost some weight and toned up by binning the gym and exercising at home.