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With work, family and social commitments all bidding for our time, it can be easy for our fitness goals to slip to the bottom of our to-do list. It's hard to stay motivated when a packed schedule puts us under pressure, but being busy doesn't mean you have to shelve your fitness goals.
Fitting in exercise around a busy lifestyle can be hard work, but it doesn't have to be - it's just about knowing how to get the most out of your workouts and pushing yourself when you do. The good news is you don't need an expensive gym membership and lots of equipment to get fitter, healthier and leaner. All you need is a spare 20 minutes, some space to jump around (enough for a yoga mat bare minimum), and some motivation.
There’s a running boom sweeping the country and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, the rise of mass participation running in the UK has hit an all-time high. Latest sport england figures released in December 2016 showed that running is well on track to become Britain’s favourite sport.
Who needs a gym when you’ve got the great outdoors? You might think the local playground is a place just for the kids, but you’d be surprised – monkey bars, swings and even the humble bench can provide the perfect equipment for a full body workout – and it’s much more fun!
When you’re juggling a busy home life it can be hard to find time to get active. The good news is you don’t need a gym membership to get your sweat on – you can turn your home into your very own gym! There are plenty of objects already around the home such as tables, chairs, bottles and even walls that can double up as strength or cardio equipment.
Why is it good for me?
It might come as a surprise, but the playground games of our childhood cover multiple fitness skills like speed, coordination and endurance, but be fun at the same time.
All that running around in the fresh air will also bring a host of benefits to your mental and physical health – you’ll have more energy, be less stressed and sleep better. If the kids are joining in they’ll reap the benefits too; plus you get to do something fun together as a family.
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Everyone knows a dog is a woman’s best friend, but did you know they can be your best workout partner too?
As well as loving a brisk walk, dogs enjoy playing games and this is where you can join in. Give walk time a new lease of life by finding new ways to keep your pet engaged (or simply tire them out quicker!)
Teach your pet to ‘kick’ a football with their nose so you can pass the ball to each other. Fetch can be a game you can play too – whilst waiting for them to fetch the ball, throw in ...
If ever there was a league table for fun ways to get fit, hula hooping would be right at the top! Whether it’s the long-forgotten playtime of your childhood days, or a favourite activity of your children’s right now, hooping is a fantastic way to work up a sweat with a smile.
It may come as a surprise but skateboarding is an activity you can start at any age and is lots of fun to learn as an adult. The sport has surged in popularity over recent years and will make its first appearance in the 2020 Olympics – with women leading the way. It’s a fantastic all-body workout improving balance and building a strong core and legs.
If you’re low on time and looking for a way to squeeze activity into your day, HIIT could be the answer. High Intensity Interval Training is a type of cardio workout that alternates between quick, intense bursts of all-out effort followed by periods of complete rest. It’s a simple but effective way to fit exercise into your day – and it’s over in a flash!