You’ve made the decision to work out for an hour five days a week – and you’ve been faithful, sticking to your routine without fail. Then life happens. Work, kids, family, things happen that disrupt your routine and cut your workout short. So what do you do? How do you exercise when you are short on time?
Interval training is a great way to get an awesome workout in when you don’t have a lot of time. By alternating intense bursts of activity with slower, more methodical movements you can burn fat, build stamina, and develop muscles.
A circuit can run around 30 minutes, some less, which gives you plenty of time to get in a great workout. Circuit training is fast paced, taking through several different activities. It keeps you interested and keeps you moving. This type of workout is very effective.
Working out with a kettlebell provides intense strength training, strengthens your core, and builds endurance. A trainer can help you with a routine and teach your good form. Working with the kettlebell for 20 or 30 minutes can be just as effective as a full blown workout – in half the time.
Jumping rope provides a fantastic cardio workout and it helps with your coordination. Get a jump rope and go at it. Try alternating single jumping and double time for a more intense workout. Don’t have a rope? You can always pretend, but it’s much more fun with an actual rope. It’s well worth the small investment.
Benefits of short workouts
If you feel bad because you can’t work out as long as you like, just stop right now. There are actually some pretty impressive benefits to working out for shorter times. So if you get seriously bored with spending an hour or more on the treadmill, here’s your deliverance. Now you have some good excuses to shorten your workouts.
You spend less time to get in better shape
Shorter workouts are typically more intense meaning that you work harder at them. If you worked out with that type of intensity for hours you would run the risk of overtraining. However, the human body likes the shorter bursts of intense activity and responds well to it. You end up in better shape for spending less time in the gym.
You see results quicker
One of our main motivators when it comes to working out is the results. When we actually see that our workouts are working we want to get back in the gym, back on the treadmill, we want to work out. Shorter workouts allow you to see results in a shorter amount of time. You are working harder so naturally you’ll see them – and feel motivated to work even harder.
They stabilize your appetite
When you are working out for long periods of time your appetite is going to match. Your body will need the extra calories just to keep up. With shorter workouts your appetite will become more normal. You don’t have the ravenous feeling that comes from an extensive, super strenuous workout – and you don’t feel like you need to reward yourself. Shorter workouts will help you stay on track with your nutrition and eating habits.
What are your fitness time savers? How do you squeeze in a workout when the clock seems to be against you? Share your tips in the comments below!