I have the right mindset for staying fit; I just don’t have the time! Between my demanding job and my young family, I can never seem to find the time to beating the bulge. It doesn't help that my I am sitting for most of the day at work. And there always seems to be some reason, no matter how obscure, for there to be copious amounts of sweet treats available in my office. Speaking to my family, friends and relatives, it appears I’m not alone in this predicament. Determined to avoid the middle age spread, I have come up with the Busy Man’s Guide To Beating The Bulge.
Step one: join a flexible gym
I was reluctant to join a gym because I didn’t want to be tied to a long-term expensive membership that I would probably only use once or twice a month, if that. However, I recently bit the bullet and investigated facilities in Halifax
. I was pleased to find out that there are now many gyms that have flexible, affordable memberships and opening times. When I’ve got the energy, I’ll get up an hour earlier and head to the gym before work.
Step two: commute on foot
Or by bicycle, if you need a bit of speed. Your commute to work is the perfect opportunity to squeeze some exercise into your hectic day. If I’m really pressed for time, I’ll get the bus half of the way and walk or cycle the rest. Try and make the effort every day, even if it’s only a short distance - it could make a big difference to your waistline.
Step three: fill up to avoid the treats
I make sure I have a really filling breakfast
every morning. A couple of slices of wholegrain toast topped with banana hits the spot for me until lunch time. However, if I feel peckish in between, I snack on fresh or dried fruit. By making sure I have plenty of healthy and filling meals and snacks during the day, I’ve become far less tempted by sweet treats. It is also important to tell colleagues, family and friends that you're watching your weight. They will, hopefully, respect your efforts by not offering you anything naughty.
Step four: take more steps
It is well known that sitting down for extended periods of time is detrimental to our health. Even if, like me, you work at a desk-based job, there are plenty of opportunities to get moving
. How many of you sit at your desk for lunch? I used to too. But as part of my bulge battle, I have started taking a 15-minute walk each day around the block, even in the wind, snow and rain. Yes, I’m hardcore! And it doesn’t stop there. Try doing as many steps as you can when you get home. If you have kids, spend some time playing with them in the evening. This will increase your activity while tiring the little ones out!
Good luck fellow busy men!
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