Busy? Tips to cut your workout time in half

Busy? Tips to cut your workout time in half

Time is precious, and the more time you waste on ineffective activity before and during a workout, the more you hamper results. If you’re looking to fit in some serious workout time, in no time at all, then follow these simple steps.

  1. Wherever you are – work out. You don’t have to be in the familiar setting of the gym to get a really constructive workout. You could be at home, and if there are the shower facilities, you could even set off from your office. It’s a misconception that you need tons of equipment to get in a decent workout, the fact is that as long as you have yourself you can use your own body weight for strength exercises, go for a run to cover the aerobic bases, and remember to stretch afterwards.
  2. Increase the intensity. Rather than building up from a walking pace into a steady stride, why not try some different exercises that use bursts of energy? This is a proven way to improve your fitness. Go hard out on burpees, jumping jacks and lunges. Expect to feel the burn, but remember you’ll still be burning fat after you’ve finished. Take a look at our beginner's guide to High Intensity Interval Training workouts for more info.
  3. Don’t rest too long. It’s tempting to rest in between every round of exercises, but this actually isn’t necessary. Of course you’ll need to stop and catch your breath, but your body doesn’t need to come to a complete standstill before the next set of reps.
  4. Save time getting changed. You can easily lose 15 minutes before you’ve even started by messing around in the changing rooms. Don’t worry about doing your hair first – it’s about the workout, so you should be working hard on your exercises rather than your appearance at this stage.
  5. Go it alone. Working out with others can sometimes slow us down. Unless your training buddies have the same goals and at are a similar level, work out on your own and get the results you’re after.

Comments

Dennis P.
3 June 2014

Dennis P.

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Dennis P.
2 May 2014

Dennis P.

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Stuart P.
30 April 2014

Stuart P.

Intensity does not mean lack of enjoyment. This depends on your goals a leisurely cycle in the country side is great for enjoyment but its unlikely to cause the stimulus required to make your body adapt and bulid muscle or lose fat. Intensity doesn't mean lack of enjoyment I love challenging my body, and keep my weight training exercises below 60 mins, Once you get over 45 mins you start to produce cortisol the stress hormone, which is bad for muscle gain.

Joseph M.
30 April 2014

Joseph M.

The two comments below me are spot on. I MAKE time for my exercise because I enjoy it and I want to relish it. Squashing it into a tiny space where it doesn't belong wouldn't give me the feeling of achievement I have now. Maybe it works for some people but not for me.

craig t.
29 April 2014

craig t.

I agree with Tanith - what happened to trying to enjoy our exercise without rushing it. A leisurely weekend cycle is a huge source of pleasure for me. I wouldn't want to do it if I was always thinking about increasing the intensity, racing against time. We try to cram too much into our lives, in my opinion.

Tanith A.
29 April 2014

Tanith A.

I don't know... I don't think the answer to our hectic lifestyle is to try to do more, faster, but to do less in a more focused, engaged way. This article has me thinking of hamsters running in their little wheels...

Bradley C.
29 April 2014

Bradley C.

I like this approach - in, out, just get on with it. Doing my hair first???!!!

Callum M.
28 April 2014

Callum M.

Circuit training, pyramid training and plyometrics are all great high intensity workouts which save time.

Trevor D.
28 April 2014

Trevor D.

some of us gentlemen really don't have any hair to waste time on! Certainly getting clean and tidy is for AFTER the workout, not before.

Pete R.
28 April 2014

Pete R.

It's true how so many of us waste time getting changed and procrastinating. It should just be part of the day, like taking a shower. It soon becomes second nature.

Matthew C.
28 April 2014

Matthew C.

Don't waste time planning and researching your perfect workouts too much. Just get up and do it. Science will always be telling us more about the effect of exercise/best workout types etc, But rather than sitting there reading about it, just move!!

Richard H.
28 April 2014

Richard H.

you can always find time to workout if you make time. it should be top on anyone's priority list in my book.

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