More Exercise in Less Time: How to Do It!
By Genevieve Cunningham
Finding enough time in the day is a difficult task for almost anyone. But at this time of year, it’s especially hard to find any extra time at all. Maybe that’s why we tend to gain a few pounds around this time of the year … because we don’t have any time to work out! If you want to stay fit but are struggling to find any extra time, take a look at these tips for getting a bit more exercise in even less time.
If you’re short on time, try making your workout more intense. If you’re used to walking a mile, try to run it. If you usually lift weights, up your weight. The more intense your workout, the more calories you’ll burn in a shorter amount of time. Just be careful that you don’t overdo it. It’s not OK to push yourself so hard that you get an injury. Push just a hair harder than normal, and you’ll get the results you’re looking for without harming yourself.
Shorten Your Breaks
While it’s still important to take breaks when you need them, it’s OK to shorten that break a little if you can. If your breaks are normally two minutes long, shorten them by a whole minute. Sometimes all you need is a chance to catch your breath and grab a sip of water. But this doesn’t mean that you have to get your breathing back to normal. If you’re still huffing and puffing a little, that’s OK. Just make sure that your heart rate is down and that you can breathe without difficulty, and then get back to it.
Another good way to get in more work in less time is to double up your workouts. Instead of doing a round of bicep curls, do a round of squats with bicep curls. This way you’ll work the whole body in one go. You’ll literally be able to do two exercises at once, which means you’ll cut the time in half. Double up as many as you can to save time while still maximizing your efforts.
Being short on time doesn’t mean that you have to skip your workouts and get behind on your fitness. It just means that you have to be creative. It means that you have to use your time wisely and focus. Use these tips to get more from your workouts even when you’re short on time. With some creativity and a little extra effort, you can save your fitness through the season and be ready for working out hard when you finally have some time on your hands again.