Time is precious. If you’ve ever felt a sense that your time is scarce, you’re not alone. Multiple studies over the past few years have shown that the vast majority of Americans are working well above the 40 hours per week that are typically required by their full-time jobs. It’s no wonder why we feel stressed out, burnt out, and overworked.
Here’s a list of our favorite health and fitness tips that work for anyone’s schedule without breaking the bank:
Spending time in nature is good for our mental and emotional health - and we all need some stress relief from time to time. For the best of both worlds, you might combine outdoor time with health and fitness.
If you enjoy walking, a gentle stroll or hike through your favorite local park can be a relaxing way to unwind. On the other hand, if you prefer jogging or running, you might participate in a 5K or run through your neighborhood after work. Since many 5K race costs benefit charities and nonprofits, it can be a fulfilling way to work out for a good cause.
If you live in a warm climate, getting hot and sweaty during a workout is probably an unappealing thought. That’s what makes swimming such a great alternative. In addition to being an excellent workout on a hot day, swimming is also a low-impact sport.
As UC Berkeley puts it, swimming “improves heart and lung capacity, but is gentle on your joints.” This makes it a perfect choice for those with arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
Many apartment complexes and residential communities now have swimming pools that are included in your monthly rent or community fees. If you own your home, you might consider installing a swimming pool in your backyard. If that’s out of your budget, or if you’re a renter, don’t worry; memberships to local public pools are usually very affordable.
Yoga and Meditation
Alternative methods like yoga, meditation and swimming can also help with addiction recovery. “This is because these activities allow you to focus your mind and can relieve stress and anxiety, both of which are triggers for relapse in many individuals who are in recovery.”
Like swimming, yoga is a low-impact activity that is gentle and safe for your joints, while also helping build longer, leaner muscles. Best of all, you can practice yoga and meditation from the comfort of your own home.
If you’re a beginner, you might consider starting with a group class at a local yoga studio in order to safely learn some of the basic moves and postures. Many local yoga studios offer donation-based (pay what you can afford) classes each week. Additionally, if you’ve never been to a yoga studio before, ask whether they offer any specials or discounts for new members.
As you become more comfortable with your yoga practice, you could start practicing for free at home. There are many guided videos or DVDs you can follow along at your convenience from your bedroom or living room.
Time is Scarce; Health Doesn’t Have to Be
Time scarcity doesn’t have to keep you from working out - and you don’t need to be rich to enjoy the benefits of health and fitness. The health and fitness tips listed above can work for any budget and any busy schedule.
Remember, when it comes to fitness, every little effort counts. Even if you can only spare ten minutes per day, that’s better than nothing. Give yourself a realistic goal as a starting point and gradually work your way up from there. Eventually, you’ll find that it becomes easier to make time for your own health and fitness routine, even if you have a busy daily schedule.
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