We all struggle with finding the time to keep fit while juggling other responsibilities such as work, early meetings, picking up and dropping off kids, a social life. We asked our colleagues at the NGX office about some of the ways that you can still squeeze in a workout into your packed schedule.
If you are anything like our NGX staff, a commute across London can be a bit of a nightmare. Trains are delayed, tubes are packed, traffic is insane. Consider getting off the tube or bus a stop early and walking the small remainder of the journey to work. You could also pick up a cheap bike or hire one, and cycle to work if possible.
Aside from the physical benefits, this will give you the chance to avoid the stress of the normal commute which should mean that you will arrive at the office feeling healthier and happier.
The Lunch Break Sweat
Going to the gym during your lunch break might not be practical, so instead, you could go for a walk around the block. You could also explore whether your colleagues would be interested in starting a running/hiking group if you are lucky enough to work somewhere scenic.
The Break-of-dawn or the Night-time workout
This option might be not available to everyone but during the last 36 months there has been a rising trend of 24-hour gyms. 24 Hour gyms in London: The Gym, Puregym, DW Fitness, some of these gyms even offer night classes. If your schedule is hectic, and you work late into the night, consider a quick trip to a 24 hour gym, and do a little cardio before bed, or very first thing in the morning. Even if you start work at 1am like the Queens butcher, you can still get in a workout before your morning commute.
Taking the long way round
Sometimes there really is no time during the day to do a proper workout, there is no way you can get out for a run or a bike ride, or get to the gym, change, workout, shower, change, and get back in between two meetings.
The only thing you can do is try to take the long way round: take the stairs at work, get off the train or bus a stop early and walk the extra distance, or walk around the office as much as possible. Every little bit of exercise throughout the day will add up and will help to burn off those pesky calories hidden in all the meeting-room biscuits.