Exercise – just how do you ‘fit’ it all in?
Whizzing round finding cheap insurance can be a busy job at times. It can be hard to fit in anything else in.
I do like my extreme sports, GrAnt’s fond of his curries and karaoke, Ant Tony likes to lock himself away in his garage of hours on end (don’t ask) and Adam is trying to get his 80s tribute band off the ground (again!)
When it comes to keeping fit, therefore, making time is often the hardest part. However, I recently came across an article on how to keep fit despite being so busy. I’ve tried to share it with the rest of the team here at InsureAnts HQ, with varying degrees of success.
One of the first things you need to be aware of is how futile it is to compare your fitness levels with somebody else’s, especially when you have far less spare time than them.
Okay, so one of your mates may have a six-pack or run a couple of marathons every week, but are they chained to a desk for about 50 hours a week? Probably not.
Next, you need to find an exercise that’s right for you. There’ll be something to suit all tastes, although I was a little bit worried about how enthusiastic GrAnt got when I suggested Zumba.
However, it is important that you like what you do, that way you won’t see exercise as a chore. If you are the chilled out type, yoga may be right up your street or if you want to expel some pent up frustration (sometimes brought on by an irritating colleague) then something like kettlebells might be for you.
A minute on the lips, a lifetime on the hips?
Of course, getting in shape isn’t always about exercise, especially when your time is limited. Having a good diet will help. Try to cut out fizzy drinks and sweets as much as you can without making yourself utterly miserable. I’ve even managed to get myself down to ten packets of pickled onion Monster Munch a day which, believe me, is quite the sacrifice.
Eating better food will give you more energy and, therefore, make you able to exercise better.
I also explained to the folks in work that giving each other plenty of support was a great way for us all to get a bit fitter. Okay, so there’s nothing wrong with a bit of banter from time to time, but sometimes, Ant Toinette, we don’t really need to know how your life has ended because some floppy-haired boy band member has got engaged.
When I first suggested this fitness drive, GrAnt was delighted and kept banging on about how he was going to have the perfect beach body when he jets off to the Spanish sun.
However, I also had to point out that fitness shouldn’t be about getting in shape for a one-off event like a holiday. Gearing everything toward that one goal means you’re more likely to let things go when you get there and pig out on paella.
It’s a bit like the hare and tortoise, I explained. There’s no mad dash to see who can get the fittest first – for a start, that’s hard to say.
The whole purpose of getting fit is to give you more energy every day, meaning we can all continue to unearth those cracking life insurance deals for you lucky people.