Getting Fit on Your Own Watch

Exercising and eating healthy may seem like an entirely new job outside of your nine to five, but with a method tailored to your everyday life, getting fit can be a breeze.


In today’s culture, the pressure to look good continuously weighs on the minds of Americans. But oftentimes, the hustle and bustle of the day leads many people to ill eating habits, a lack of energy and an overweight body image. In fact, according to the Weight-Control Information Network, more than 68 percent of adults are considered to be overweight or obese.

While some celebrities seem to find it easy to achieve their ideal body, average working men and women often face roadblocks when it comes to getting fit. “People have to realize that every diet and workout isn’t for them and won’t help them achieve the results they want,” says certified fitness trainer and Trained2Go Fitness owner, Michael Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald believes that it is all about finding a method that is tailored to the person’s everyday life, ensuring commitment and achievement of the goals they set for themselves. “One day at the gym, just because you have free time, won’t do anything. It’s all about committing to the change you want to see and setting yourself up to achieve it daily,” Fitzgerald says.

Establishing a Healthy Lifestyle

Before jumping into training sessions, Fitzgerald says he sits down with his clients, records their schedules and tracks their current eating habits. With that information, he then creates a plan personalized to their everyday lifestyle. “People have to first establish and maintain a healthy lifestyle before they can even think about getting fit,” he insists. But that doesn’t mean ignoring your scheduled responsibilities. It means making time in your schedule to take action. “Plan workout sessions around other obligations, prepare meals ahead of time and take the stairs instead of the elevator,” Fitzgerald suggests.

By making all plans obtainable and realistic, getting in sync and living healthier becomes easier each day. Daily activities like walking the dog and raking the leaves are health boosters as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control, raking leaves around the yard for just 10 minutes a day counts towards the 150 minutes of moderate aerobic or cardiovascular exertion recommended per week.

When it comes to the dinner table Fitzgerald suggests getting creative. “Eating healthy isn’t the problem, a lack of time dedicated to it [eating healthy] is,” says Fitzgerald. “But it does not have to be if you work ahead and get creative.” At the beginning of the week, he urges his clients to prepare a week’s supply of healthy meat choices, like chicken or fish, then challenges them to prepare a new dish incorporating their choices of prepared meat each night.

Although leisure time may be few and far between, taking control of your health can lead to that extra boost in energy needed to make it through each week. Plus, having fun and learning new methods you enjoy a long the way can be an added bonus.

 Here’s a short recap on how to get fit with a busy schedule:

  • Track your current eating and workout habits.
  • Create realistic healthy lifestyle goals and work to achieve them.
  • Set dedicated work out times in between daily obligations.
  • Prepare meals for the week at the beginning of each week.
  • Incorporate daily activities into your work out routine (lifting small weights while cooking, walking the dog, using stairs instead of elevator).

This article was written by Bianca Burns, Web Manager for WHBC 96.3HD3.


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