Long gone are the days when women were simply home and kitchen-bound. Fast for-ward to today’s woman; we find many balancing multiple roles such as parent, worker, spouse, volunteer etc.and, in doing so, fall victim to poor fitness regimens and poor nutrition. The re-sult is that many end up facing difficulties and life threatening diseases associated with these lifestyle deficiencies.
The older we get, the more demanding our bodies become and the need for a proper fitness regimen becomes more important than ever. Beginning at around 30 years of age, women begin to lose bone mass which can lead to osteoporosis and, unless you are doing something to oppose that, it can progress unchecked. Resistance and weight training exercises are best for this,but cardiovascu-lar workouts like walking or jogging are especially helpful when used in combination with weights.
Research has shown that exercising reduces the risks associated with developing cancer.It im-proves your sleep patterns andboosts your mood by increasing the production of endorphins (brain chemicals) that ease anxiety and stress. Having a busy schedule is simply not an excuse to not stayfit and healthy.The solution is tofind a balance between your personal and professional life by making simple changes a part of your daily routine. Let’s take a look at some helpful tips on how to manage your time and in-corporate physical activities into them:
- Stay active throughout the day. Take short walks during your lunch break, stand up during meet-ings, if possible.
- Stockyour house and/or office with healthy snacks only. Even if you have a habit of snacking throughout the day, you will do your body a huge favor by providing it with nutrients rather than proccessed junk foods, which you should avoid anyway.
- Do it at home! if going outdoors seems impos-sible because of your schedule, kids or any other factors, purchase a few workout DVDs you know you’ll enjoy to get you moving.
- Hydrate! Keep drinking water at regular inter-vals, this is very essential for the proper functioning of your body.
- Create an effective exercise pattern suitable to your schedule. Set out a minimum of 20mins, 2 or 3 times a week and follow that schedule like it is a real appointment! Try running or jogging outdoors, or a strength training session that will tone your entire body.
- Look for classes you enjoy, and every week make sure you block out that hour. Remember!It’s an appointment!
- Invest in an activity monitor. Using this, you can set daily challenges for yourself such as calcu-lating the numberof steps you take daily, and try to beat that number everyday.
Above all, relax and never hurry for quick fixes. Be aware that even if you follow all these tips, you might still en-counter setbacks, but just be patient, don’t give up and enjoy your journey.