Nearly each day, Sergio Perez walks to the supermarket from his Miami office to grab lunch, trekking about a mile each way. While the heat can be intense in summer months, Perez, who works 50 to 60 hours a week in financial services, says the routine is the easiest method to fit fitness into his work life balance. Working long hours weekly can be a hassle for weight loss, but you can find time in the summer when work slows down to exercise.
When I hear friends converse about exercising, they usually discuss boot camps, running marathons or joining cross-fit training classes.
However, fitness experts say that while those exercise programs are admirable, high performance exercise is more than needed to receive benefits. Also, they say summer is the best time to start routines like Perez’s that fit easily into your work-life and can improve your health.
“It’s not about who works out the hardest or longest. It’s just about doing something, most days of the week,” says Chira Cassel, co-founder and director of The Sacred Space Miami, a wellness center.
The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity for adults each day. Walking with a friend is a great way to start and get motivated about weight loss. As Aaron E. Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, notes, walking briskly, at 3 to 4 miles per hour or so, qualifies. So does bicycling slower than 10 miles an hour, or swimming a few nights a week. Anything that gets your heart rate somewhere between 110 and 140 beats per minute is enough, he says.
According to the American Time Use Survey released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people only exercised or participated in sports 18 minutes per day on average. Men were more likely than women to exercise on a given day, 23 percent compared with 18 percent.
Since the summer contains longer days, less intensive work hours and fewer childcare responsibilities, it is much easier to find time for exercise. I agree that a convenient routine is one you are more likely to stick to. I go to the gym after work for about 40 minutes each day and this is very convenient for me so I have been consistent. Working out with a partner is motivation and it will help the both of you to be consistent with your routines.
Mixing up your workout routine, and scheduling exercise on your calendar gives you a better chance of follow-through, says Raeah Braunschweiger, a health fitness specialist with the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center in downtown Miami. She suggests trying new trends like barre fitness or belly-dancing: “Find something you find fun. People get stuck in a rut and then start to question why they are doing this.” I think that joining classes are fun and trying new routines will keep you from getting bored over periods of time.
Overall, there are many benefits of working out such as stress relief, minimizing serious health risks and not to mention, weight loss. Start today on your weight loss journey to get fit and become a healthier you.
Source: Goodman, C. Miami Herald www.miamiherald.com July 4, 2016
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