Mon | Nov 19, 2018

Just Work It Out

Published:Monday | September 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

 

 That perfect hourglass figure is but a midsummer night's dream. We get it. If you lead busy lives, it's practically mission impossible to reach the gym daily or weekly. Kudos to those who do. But sometimes, all we need is to not think about it and to just work it out. Here are a few tips on how to beat the scale in fitness anywhere and everywhere.

- Morning booster: Nothing rejuvenates your day more than a light, quick and easy workout session at the crack of dawn, just before you shower. Half an hour to 45 minutes will do the trick, the key is to increase the days you get active to four or more. You will be surprised at how it lifts your morning spirit.

- Evening wind down: The same can apply to evenings after coming home from work. Exercise cares not about the hour. As long as you get the workout in, push yourself as far as you can, and be consistent with it. You will on the road to ideal fitness in no time.

- 30-Day challenges: Squat, buns, or abs challenge anyone? With so many to choose from, there's no way you can get bored. Choose a target area each month and attack it. Give yourself a beautiful incentive for all your hard work, with toned abs, a big bun and a flat tummy.

- Workout on the job: If you're sitting at your desk all day, break that lazy cycle. Take power walks to different departments or different sections of the workplace. Take the stairs or the longer route, if you can, to improve stamina and work on those legs. It's also great to walk out any fatigue, from lunch or otherwise. Don't want to leave your desk? No problem! There are chair workouts designed with you in mind.

- Rerouting: Accustomed to taking your stop close to home? Take it further away and walk the distance to your destination. When you are parked close to the any building, you're visiting: ditch that habit and park as far as you can to maximise on your stride.

- Market run: Supermarket or market run can literally be just that if you're speeding through the aisles on wheels (try not to get a speeding ticket) or walking with heavy bags from place to place. The idea is to create your own workout even in the presence of food.

- Bedroom business: Now, I know what you might be thinking. And guess what: that is not such a bad thing because that can, in fact, burn major calories. But we were thinking more along the lines of workouts you can attack without even leaving the bed, like abdominal workouts, leg raises, planks, and pushups. You get it all down there and you can go about the rest of your day.

- Toddler tactics: Busy with the children at home and just can't find the time? Turn off the television and turn on some music or a workout video, and incorporate them in home training, whether physically by squatting with them, or pushing their stroller, or classic game of follow the leader - you the parent as the leader, of course. It's great to form these healthy habits from baby or toddler stages because they will mimic what you do (who wouldn't find that adorable?) and it can set the tone for their choices growing up.

- Adventure: If you're not a gym person but you're an adventure seeker, tap into your wild side by joining a team already on that mission or form your own Dora-Diego clique and see if that doesn't help to increase your cardio and tone in the process. Maybe you would prefer boot camps or Spry training so you might want to look into that as well.

- Level up with dancing: Hate the term workout? Well, find a dance class to attend. It's not only fun, but it challenges you to explore those muscles of yours without you even realising. Just get up and dance.

Don't want to confine yourself to a dance class? Then tackle the dance floor the next time you're out and about on the town. Decrease your alcohol intake and increase your time and pace as you dance and be amazed at your new and inspiring workout. This energy can also be executed in the comfort of your home, and you can literally dance like there's nobody watching.