Fitness Ideas For When You Are Short On Time

When it comes to getting fit and staying fit there are no shortcuts. To get a lean toned body, you need to be consistent and prepared to work hard. However, sometimes life gets a little hectic, the jobs pile up and all of a sudden you have missed an entire week of exercising. We have all been there, including me. However, there are a few things you can add into your daily routine for when your life gets a little too busy that can help you stay fit. Here are 3 fitness shortcuts for when you are short on time.

Introduce the 10-minute workout If you cannot find time to go to the gym and complete and full workout, an idea is to introduce a quick ten-minute workout to your day. Everybody can find a spare ten minutes, even if it’s in your lunch break. It’s really amazing how many calories you can burn in a short space of time. In order to burn calories and get your body into fat burning mode, you need to get your heart rate right up. This style of training can also be called interval training or more widely known as HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training). So dedicate to ten minutes, but give it absolutely all you have got.

Sneak in more cardio You don’t need to go for a run for an hour to get cardio into your day. Look at ways you can add small amounts of cardio into your day, that will add up over time. Park your car further away from work or the shops, take the stairs instead of the lift, and get up and walk around as much as possible, even if it is when you are talking on the phone. These are all small changes you can add into your daily routine, so that whilst they may not feel like much, they are a great way to burn more calories, without committing to hours of running.

Do super sets One of the best ways to maximise your time for optimal results, is start incorporating supersets into your weight training. To do a superset, you pick a muscle group you want to target, and then do a few different exercises for that muscle group, with no rest in between. For example, if you wanted to work legs, you could do deadlifts, squats and walking lunges. Once you have gone through one round of each exercise, repeat a few times. Not only do supersets cut down your workout time, they also keep intensity levels high, helping you burn more calories and ultimately body fat.

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Martin Hulbert

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