Get Fit With Jared – Episode 2: What if I can’t workout

We’re all busy, what happens if we don’t have time to work out? Well, first off, why don’t you have time to workout? I work 40 hours and I also have a home life, but I’m fortunate enough to be able to find at least 30 minutes a day to workout.  Most days it’s closer to 45 or 60 minutes with some planning ahead. That’s one of the reasons I like the DDP Yoga Now App, because I can setup my iPad and workout anywhere. I know that’s not the case for everyone though. 

If you find this is your problem, I’d recommend taking a look at workouts that can be done anywhere. There are breathing exercises and arm tension workouts you can do in your office chair. A simple Google search will give you dozens of options. Something else I do at my office is every hour, I do a quick lap up and down the hallway to stretch my legs. If you’re not careful, it’s easy to sit in your chair for hours at a time without moving, that’s terrible for your back! 

You can also try to squeeze in some stretching in the mornings and at night. Wake up five minutes early and do a few pushups and sit-ups. You don’t have to do many at first but the more you do it, the more reps you can do each day. Changing your habits is 100% up to you so own it! Don’t give yourself an excuse to not workout, the more you push yourself, the more you’ll be able to do. Next thing you know, you’ll have a night where you have an hour or two to workout at home or swing by the gym. Maybe you can work up to jogging around the neighborhood once a week. The thought of jogging makes my knees hurt, but in a couple months that that may be a different story. 

Now, what if you physically can’t workout. There are times when you may have an injury or a medical condition that prevents any kind of workout. If that’s the case, it’s more important than ever to watch your diet. If you’re stuck in bed or on the couch, you won’t be burning any additional calories but your body still burns calories doing basic bodily functions. You’ll need to find your Basal metabolic rate, or BMR. Your BMR can be found using an equation or make it easy and download an app. I use MyFitnessPal but there are dozens of good apps out there. What’s important to look for is an app that gives your BMR and also tracks your daily caloric intake. If you’re like I used to be, you may have been putting anything and everything in your face some days. Using a calorie tracker will quickly show you what foods you can keep and what you need to toss. Come in under your BMR in calories, and you’ll start burning weight. It may only be a pound or two a week and that’s fine, just keep it up. 

I’m sharing my journey with you and if you’d like to share yours, feel free to comment below.  If you’re enjoying the show and want to help support my journey, I have included a donation link as well as some Amazon affiliate links in the notes below. I believe in you and I’ll see you next time. 

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