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  • Anna Dugdale

A Busy Girl's Guide to Keeping Active

In this day and age where productivity is splashed all over social media, it’s difficult to not get sucked in. Finding time for things you enjoy can quickly find itself at the bottom of the pile when the rest of your workload increases. Personally, I find it difficult to find time to get myself to the gym. I’m busy six out of seven days of the week, with university, work, studying and spending time with my loved ones.

The gym has been one of the only things that keeps me sane. I tend to only be able to spend an hour at a time at the gym. However, I find that going to the gym, for however long, makes me feel better. Now, with that being said, here are my best tips and hacks for being a busy girl and keeping an active lifestyle.

1. Schedule in your workouts

As the week begins, I look at my schedule in advance and see when I can pencil in time for the gym. I only tend to plan to spend an hour there so finding time to go isn’t the most difficult thing. I also find that if I plan it out in advance, I feel disappointed in myself if I don’t end up going. Furthermore, if you’re going after work or university, take your gym stuff with you, so you don’t have the excuse of going home. Plus, you have to carry it around all day to remind yourself you’re going to the gym.

Personally, when something is in my schedule, I feel like I have to do it. By treating it the same way as I would my work or university, I’m giving it equal importance. Keeping active is so much more important than I could’ve realised, it’s a great way to shake off any worries and focus.

2. If you don’t have time for the gym, try YouTube workouts

YouTube workouts are such a good resource, and they tend to not be longer than 20 minutes. There’s everything, from cardio to glutes to arms. You don’t need equipment, just a space where you can be active for a small portion of the day. MadFit does good dance, cardio workouts to all your cheesy favourites from High School Musical to One Direction. Daisy Keech does my favourite ab workouts, they’re gruelling but only ten minutes long and I always see and feel results.

If either of these Youtuber’s don’t take your fancy, you just type into the search bar whatever workout you feel like doing. Soon, you’ll have an entire playlist of workouts you enjoy doing.

3. Try to reach 10,000 steps a day

Being active isn’t all about going to the gym, you can be plenty active just in your day-to-day life. Whether it’s walking to university or work, walking for lunch or just generally getting yourself out and about, walking is such a great way to get your cardio in. You can count your steps with your phone or a fitness watch. Getting your steps in is such an easy way to stay active without the effort of going to the gym. It can also be really rewarding as you give yourself a goal to work towards.

4. Make sure your gym is convenient

There’s nothing worse after a long day than having another long commute to your gym. So, try to make sure your gym is close to somewhere where you spend a large amount of time, whether that’s your home, your work or university. That way, the gym is less of a chore and it being convenient takes one reason not to go off your list.

Remember, an active lifestyle isn’t all about the gym. An active lifestyle is doing things that make you feel good in your free time. Making sure you’re looking after yourself mentally is just as important as looking after yourself physically.

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