Exercising with a Busy Schedule

In the midst of summer, it is easy to skip out on workouts in exchange for more enjoyable activities. Taking classes or working over the summer can make it hard to make time to go to the gym or for a run.

Making time for a daily workout can seem like a burden, but it is actually easier than you think to work up a sweat and burn a ton of calories in a small amount of time. Depending on your schedule, here are a few options that will help you squeeze in a workout.

Set your alarm.  Setting your alarm just a few minutes earlier everyday to get a workout in has a variety of benefits. If you commit to working out in the morning, then you won’t run the risk of something coming up during the day that could cause you to skip your workout, and you can’t make any excuses.

Morning exercise can increase your mental focus for up to ten full hours, and the release of endorphins gives you energy throughout the day and improves your mood.

Work out on your lunch break. If you have a limited amount of time or space, try going for a short walk.  Getting up and moving around for an hour can work wonders for your energy levels and your body.

Go on workout dates. Instead of going to the movies with your significant other or shopping with your friends, enjoy some quality time while working up a sweat. It’s better for your body and your wallet.

Work out during commercials. The minutes we spend watching television throughout the day can add up. Crunches, lunges, push-ups, squats, and other body weight exercises are easy to do and don’t take up too much time. Remember any workout is better than no workout at all.

Try working out at home. Many workouts don’t require a gym. You won’t waste time waiting for someone to finish on the machine you need and no extra driving time to get to the gym, and some home workouts can be extremely challenging if you know what to do. High intensity interval training, (HIIT), has become very popular for a variety of reasons.

They are ideal for a busy schedule because they can take as little as 15 minutes to complete, while giving you a far better workout than an hour of jogging on the treadmill.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, “two weeks of high-intensity intervals improve your aerobic capacity as much as six to eight weeks of endurance training.” These workouts require no equipment and continue to burn fat 24 hours after your workout is completed.

Interval training is also associated with a 450 percent increase in production of your human growth hormone, which increases your metabolism. A few examples of HIIT are treadmill intervals, jumping rope, and cross-fit inspired body weight exercises.

These workouts usually require an intense and continuous period of work followed by a shorter period of rest that is repeated as many times as possible in the amount of time given. If you are interested in really working up a sweat in a short amount of time you can find multiple HIIT workouts at the following websites:

www.dailyhiit.com

www.bodyrock.tv

www.fitnessmagazine.com

http://www.pbfingers.com/work-it-out/treadmill-workouts/

By combining our tips on finding time to work out with the high intensity interval training mentioned earlier, you will be well on your way to maintaining a lean figure during the busy summer months. Remember, exercise doesn’t have to be extremely time consuming. In just thirty minutes a day you can change your body, but it is up to you to use that thirty minutes effectively!

References:

http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/tips/quick-tricks/workout-tips-for-busy-schedules/

http://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/8-benefits-high-intensity-interval-training-hiit?page=8

http://dailyhealthpost.com/5-benefits-of-early-morning-exercise/#axzz2WELjr0SU

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