Getting Fit On Your Daily Commute

Fitting in times to exercise during a busy working week can be tough – why not look at squeezing in opportunities to get fit during your journey to work? Here are some options to help you find a fun and effective way to get more fitness time in your week.

The first easy way to add more activity to your day is to simply walk to work if possible! Lots of people get buses, drive or taxi to work when they could easily add in a little more exercise by walking at least part of the way. A 30 minute brisk walk is thought to be as effective as jogging, yet it has a lower impact on your joints. If you live too far away to walk the whole way, why not walk to a futher bus stop and get the bus for the rest of the journey?

Another cool way to get to work is an alternative to cycling – try riding an adult scooter! Yes, they look like toys for children, but a foot powered scooter is a good way to speed up your journey and still use body power to get going. Find more scooter designs at Bopster – http://www.bopster.eu

Spinning as a Great Fat Burner

You’ve probably heard of spinning.  It is an exciting and high energy indoor cycling class, featuring loud booming music and often flashing lights (a bit like a sweaty disco!).  Spin classes usually last between 45 minutes and 1 hour, although some gyms offer shorter 30 minute classes for when people are in a hurry.

You begin by setting up the bike to fit your body.  It is important that the bike seat is at the right height, and the handlebars are the right distance away, as if you have these incorrectly set up, you can easily injure yourself.

The first part of the workout class is often a warm up, where you get to know the controls of the bike.  There is often a handle which adjusts the resistance.  You normally start on a low resistance, and build up the resistance as you work through the class.

There is often a section for squats where you work your legs hard, and sometimes an upper body section.  Spinning is a whole body workout which burns a huge number of calories!

When is the Best Time to Exercise

Different people like to exercise at different times of the day, and there are benefits for both! The main thing is that we are doing some exercise at all, as this is always going to be better than none.  The main reasons people like to exercise in the morning are:

  • increase metabolism
  • burn more fat
  • wake up quickly
  • get it DONE

The benefits of exercising during the evening are:

  • can spend longer
  • wind down before bed
  • better sleep
  • no need to rush

As you can see, there will be different reasons to choose either morning or evening.  Personally, we like to get it done in the morning, as this means we can say we have done it before we start work.  No making excuses and chickening out when we are tired after work!

Fitness Classes as a Motivating Factor

Once we get past the New year, where we all have that immediate rush of motivation to get fit, lose weight and eat healthier, we often get into February and March and see our resolve dwindle out.  The way we have found to get around this is to book into a number of exercise classes at our local gym.

The great thing about attending classes is that you cannot really slacken off – the trainer is there, other people are there and they can all see you!  No way are you going to quit with them watching you!  The classes are often a great chance for you to push yourself, with the safety of having a trainer right there to help you if you get into problems.

We love spin classes as a great way to increase our cardio fitness as well as powering up those legs.  For those who prefer a slightly less intense class, why not try some light aerobics, aqua fit or yoga classes?