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Women’s Wednesday: Tips for working out around a 9 to 5

At Cashmere by Tania, we want to make your life easier. Working out can sometimes be perceived as being a chore but we want to change that. Keeping fit should be synonymous with being stress free, happy and more organised, amongst a myriad of other things. It should be a time that you are able to have to yourself, to reflect on what you have done during the day (if you decide to work out after a hard day’s work) or to organise and think about what needs to be done for the day commencing (if working out before work is your thing).

Here are a few tips that we have compiled and would like to share with you, to help you find that ease and balance in life. Taking care of your health and your body is important. No one else is going to do it for you, and it helps keep your mental state in check. Not only will you feel better, you’ll look better too!

Multitask on the Treadmill

“Save time at the gym with this 10-minute cardio/sculpt session: Hop on a treadmill holding a three- to five-pound dumbbell in each hand, and set the speed to a brisk walk. Do a one-minute set each of shoulder presses, biceps curls, triceps extensions, side laterals, front laterals, and standing triceps kickbacks one after another as you walk. It’s an amazing upper-body challenge that also gets your heart pumping. Do this series two or three times each week. As you improve, work up to doing four-minute sets.”

– Fitness magazine

No More “Couch Potato”

Just because you’re catching up on Modern Family doesn’t mean you can’t do push-ups, crunches, jumping jacks, and squats too. Clear up some space between the couch and the TV so you don’t miss anything while breaking a sweat. Need an extra nudge? Move your dumbbells, jump rope, and other fitness tools near the tube to give yourself visible reminders.

– Fitness magazine

Eat a healthy breakfast

If you exercise in the morning, get up early enough to eat breakfast — that may mean one to two hours before your workout. Most of the energy you got from dinner the previous night is used up by morning, and your blood sugar may be low. If you don’t eat, you may feel sluggish or lightheaded when you exercise. If you plan to exercise within an hour after breakfast, eat a lighter breakfast or drink something to raise your blood sugar, such as a sports drink. Emphasize carbohydrates for maximum energy.

Good breakfast options include:

  • Whole-grain cereals or bread
  • Low-fat milk
  • Juice
  • Bananas

– Mayo Clinic

Just remember that keeping your body active helps to keep your mind active too. We hope that these tips help you, good luck. Happy Women’s Wednesday!