People often ask us how much should we train during the week in order to maintain long-term fitness and on an optimal level. Just as often we are also presented with excuses on why it's impossible to work regularly in the gym or outdoor. That's why we want to give you some tips and some food for thought later in the text.
In our opinion, it's much more useful to make everyday life active than to go regularly to the gym, but also spend the rest of the time mostly sitting down. Formula is very simple. When I train for an hour three times a week, I have actively worked three hours a week. But what about the other 165 hours? Of course, this is better than not doing it at all, but in daily life there are more than enough situations that can be used to keep the body going and one can't also use lack of time as a major excuse.
There's always choice between stairs and elevator or stairs and escalators. Everyone can use a bike instead of a car. Whether it is your own or (as in most major cities available) a rental bike, which you can also use if you only want to go from point A to point B and not the other way around. Of course, each of us can use our proven means of transportation, our legs.
If we are going to be completely honest to ourselves, lack of exercise is never due to lack of time, but simply lack of motivation and laziness. Often we then hear excuses like "It's probably a bit much asking if I have to climb 20 floors daily to get to the office." You don't have to start at it 100% right away. You can just as well start walking the first three floors and take the lift from there. The next week you can then walk the first four floors and so on.
Likewise, you can use a bike instead of a car for short distances in everyday life or just simply run.
Everyday life presents us with some challenges that we usually simply don't accept.
If we change that, it's amazing how much we can do with it, and we would like to give another example. In Japan, it's common in many old people's homes for ladies and gentlemen to sleep on the floor, which causes them to rise from the floor every morning and have to lie down on the floor in the evening.
At first this seems to sound very irrelevant, but it's not irrelevant by no means. Simply sitting up in our case and getting out of bed requires much less energy. It's a great exercise in old age and keeps the older people in Japan much fitter compared to our folks!
Conclusion: Whether you train in the gym or not, don't try to avoid those sporting challenges in everyday life, but accept them with gratitude. Here you can do something for your health with little or no time at all. Your body will thank you in your old age!