"We are all busy with our choc-a-block schedules - running between going to work, being a parent, social commitments."
Who isn't busy nowadays? We all are, yet we find the time to leave all our chores and slouch in front of the TV to catch the latest episode of the Boald and the Beautiful or the Lakers game. If you're not doing either then you're probably still punching in longer hours at work.
In some way or the other, it boils down to being busy which leads to erratic sleep timings and lack of physical exercise.
We are all too busy to exerciseAs we all know that a good regular workout helps one stay fit and avoids the dangers of chronic diseases. There are thousands of studies that point out the benefits of exercising regularly. But what we know little of is that a good workout, and by this I mean just a mere 30 minutes or so can do wonders to boost your career graph.
Every individual has ones own career as top priority and today's work culture takes a toll on ones health. Health complaints due to stress from being overworked or jobs that require a lot of physical stamina or long hours standing cause a series of health problems that one is normally unaware of until it reaches the final stages.
Even work that requires long hours of sitting in front of the computer may cause problems with regards to the neck and back, not to forget fatigue and stress. Fatigue and stress, how? Yes, these little nuances creep into our systems slowly and the symptoms are only shown when the damage is done.
Exercise provides the multidimensional benefits of physical and mental well-being. It helps keep your body fit, hence fighting away sickness and increases your energy levels throughout the day. Studies also show that those who don't exercise regularly and work for more that 45 hours a week are twice more prone to die from heart disease than unfit men who work shorter periods.
So how do you devise a good workout plan depending upon your career?The first thing you need to keep in mind is the timing. Most often people tend to choose the option of the evening. This may not seem like a very wise choice. On some days you may not be able to leave the office by 6pm, on others you may find yourself juggling between logging in an extra hour and a dinner invitation, and on some other days you may just be too exhausted that you may just want to take a nice shower before hitting the sack.
So the best time to workout is the morning. Recent study shows that a 20 minute workout in the morning can boost your mood for hours afterward. That should give you a head start. But not everyone is a morning person, I for one am not.
So for people like me the other best time would be during lunch hours. How difficult is it to swap you lunch hour gossiping in the cafeteria with engaging in a mere cardio or light weight training? Where there is a will there is a way they say, and if your will is to be fitter mentally and physically this is your last resort.
Now that we've figured out when is the right time, let's address the "what" of this exercise dilemma.
There are many different exercises one can carry out during office hours. It is not necessary that you only need to hit the gym to workout. Whether you constantly sit in front of the computer or stand for long hours, simple adjustments to your daily work culture can provide a good workout for one who claims to not have time to workout at the gym or go for a jog in the nearby park.