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Offline sigmatango

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How to fit fitness into a busy schedule
« on: December 11, 2016, 08:43 PM »
Hi there,
 Greetings from the icebox ( it's -37C or -34F here).
 I run a small trim work/cabinet install/custom furniture business.
I know I need to get some physical exercise, but I am feeling hampered by the weather and my schedule, which is insane right now, what with work and night classes. Any tips on how to maintain a healthy body and continue to run a business?
Thanks in advance.

Offline Arvid

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Re: How to fit fitness into a busy schedule
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2016, 08:48 PM »
has to be first thing in the morning. get up earlier and do your workout. at the end of a long day you won't feel like doing a workout.

Offline rst

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Re: How to fit fitness into a busy schedule
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2016, 09:01 PM »
Arvid is correct.  My wife and I go to the YMCA three to four times a week.  We get up at 4:40 and are at the Y by 5:15  as they open at 5:30.  My wife mainly cycles and I alternate that every six months or so with lifting.  I also lift while cyling but not as extensively.  I can usually get 20-30 minutes in before cylcle class'.  I am a little neurotic about excersize as I coached soccer for 18 years or so and I am one of those "gotta know everything possible" guys so conditioning was one of my neurosis'.

Offline MTRANGER

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Re: How to fit fitness into a busy schedule
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2016, 09:09 PM »
I agree with both posts above.  Also I always feel more energized throughout the day when I exercise in the morning

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Offline Kev

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Re: How to fit fitness into a busy schedule
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2016, 09:10 PM »
15~20 minutes on a quality rowing machine each morning ~5 days a week will make you a new man.

Try and fit anything more into a busy life and you'll fail and end up doing nothing.

I'm suggesting a good rower because you'll get competitive with yourself, it's an "all body exercise", you can vary intensity, etc and when you start to get really healthy you can incorporate sprints. Further, rowers are easy on all of your joints and any fitness level can use them.

Warm up slowly, stretch a little after.

After a couple of weeks and when you can find another 10 minutes ... add some squats, sit-ups, push-ups and start jumps. 10 of each for starters after the rowing (cardio) before you stretch.

Don't fall for stretching before you warm up .. people that suggest that are clueless.

Offline Chris Wong

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Re: How to fit fitness into a busy schedule
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2016, 11:12 PM »
Sell your planer and jointer and use hand planes instead? Or set up your computer in front of an exercise bike.
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Offline Paul G

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Re: How to fit fitness into a busy schedule
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2016, 12:02 AM »
Any tips on how to maintain a healthy body and continue to run a business?

My 02ยข

First focus on food quality and nutrition, supplements and sleep. For example if I were up there I'd be taking at least 10,000 IUs/day of vitamin D right now because there's not enough solar UV to produce much naturally.

Then for training my first focus is on mobility and range of motion followed by resistance training and cardio is my last priority.

YMMV

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Offline Reiska

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Re: How to fit fitness into a busy schedule
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2016, 05:50 AM »
Get a dog - that will force you to do at least three walks a day and you've been out in the fresh air most likely closer to an hour a day minimum. I clock regularly almost 5km a day from just doing short walks with the doggy.

Maybe add a few km of swimming on the weekend at the pool to train upper body as well?
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Re: How to fit fitness into a busy schedule
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2016, 01:04 PM »
I'll start by stating the obvious.  Whatever physical activity you choose, you must enjoy it to make it sustainable.  That may take some trial and error.  Or may be a single or a variety of activities.  For instance, I never thought I would enjoy running - ever!  But that's my goto.  So don't be afraid to try different things.  And, like anything else, you won't enjoy it every single day/session.  Be patient with it - sometimes fighting through those days gives you the greatest sense of accomplishment. Start small and allow your body to adapt gradually to avoid injury.

Most importantly, don't view it as an activity that you must do.  View it as part of your routine.  After a while, it simply becomes part of your lifestyle.  You'll feel better, look better, live longer, and the quality of just about everything in your life will change as a result.  You'll likely also meet like-minded enthusiasts who share a passion for the activity (like this community).  Good luck!

Offline Simon (UK)

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Re: How to fit fitness into a busy schedule
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2016, 02:16 PM »
If you are just starting the fitness thing then one of the 7 minute workouts are great.
With warmup and stretching after totals less than 15 minutes and you can stay indoors. More time? Do the workout twice.

https://7minuteworkout.jnj.com     As an example.

As previously stated running is great, cheap and accessible.
Rowing is recommended as long as you use a quality machine.
Cross-trainer also a good option.

Depending on what you want to achieve, equipment may not be needed as body weight may be all that is necessary.

Simon.

Offline yetihunter

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Re: How to fit fitness into a busy schedule
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2017, 01:48 PM »
Hi there,
 Greetings from the icebox ( it's -37C or -34F here).
 I run a small trim work/cabinet install/custom furniture business.
I know I need to get some physical exercise, but I am feeling hampered by the weather and my schedule, which is insane right now, what with work and night classes. Any tips on how to maintain a healthy body and continue to run a business?
Thanks in advance.

Do as I say and not as I have been doing with my life (time to get back to exercising, myself).

Get yourself the Men's Fitness Home Workout Bible.  Use it as a reference.
https://www.amazon.com/Mens-Health-Home-Workout-Bible/dp/1579546579/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1492709918&sr=1-1&keywords=home+workout+bible

Buy a mat, and some weights.   After you skim the book.

Do strength training exercises every other day.   Whether you do the whole body, or divide up the legs and arms and core... don't matter.  Whatever works for you.     

Take your time.  Have a meal or watch tv, in between sets.  It really doesn't matter.   

If you're doing a job with physical demands, you're not going to get ripped, shredded, huuuuge.   You have to spend days
doing nothing for every two hours of working out, for that to happen.

If you're in miserable depressing weather, pop lots of Vitamin D and even consider the tanning salon.   [big grin]




Offline yetihunter

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Re: How to fit fitness into a busy schedule
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2017, 01:50 PM »
I should point out, once you get on the train, you'll make time to lift weights.
You'll feel, physically, miserable after not doing it for a week.

Offline Svar

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Re: How to fit fitness into a busy schedule
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2017, 02:17 PM »
Sell your planer and jointer and use hand planes instead?
[thumbs up]
As you get more fit consider hand sawing.

Offline yetihunter

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Re: How to fit fitness into a busy schedule
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2017, 05:20 AM »
Sell your planer and jointer and use hand planes instead?
[thumbs up]
As you get more fit consider hand sawing.

Resaw Framesaw, dude.  Resaw Framesaw.