Quick Workouts For Busy Schedules
There’s always one excuse that frequently comes up when people are avoiding the gym; they’re too busy. Whether you’re gym-shy or a fitness fanatic, lack of free time to go to the gym or to do workouts in general can seriously hinder your weight loss goals, and reduce your overall motivation. Here are a few quick, but effective, workouts that can fit into any busy schedule. There’s always time for exercise, even if it’s just 30 minutes.
Jump rope burns 1300 more calories per hour than running, but you really only need ten minutes per day to reap the full benefits. It’s easy to just stick some music on and skip for the duration of three or four songs while you work up your endurance. Skipping does help improve muscle tone, but it also targets the thighs, shins, and calf muscles, while also working on the abs and arms. It’s also easier on your knees and ankles because it’s a low impact workout. The best part is you can do it anywhere; if the weather is nice you could take your workout to the garden, the beach, or the woods. You could even opt for a cordless skipping rope if you’re worried about breaking things in your house.
The best fitness regime features both cardio and endurance. When you join a High Intensity Interval Training class you combine 30 seconds of weights and 30 seconds of cardio in three minute increments for a 30 minute workout. It’s intense, but it can fit into even the busiest schedules, targets all your muscles, and has been shown to zap more belly fat than steady-paced moderate workouts. You can either join a class at the gym, or find a few DVDs to help you workout at home. Once you have a few exercises memorised you can just get creative and time yourself.
The beauty of yoga is that you don’t need to do an hour-long workout for it to be effective. Even a ten or fifteen minute routine can greatly improve your agility, balance, and strength. There are plenty of yoga videos on YouTube that you can select based on your free time and which body part you’d like to target during your workout. Even if you’re not in the mood for exercise, a ten minute meditation or gentle yoga sequence can do wonders for your stress relief.
With just ten minutes a day on a trampoline, you could boost weight loss, define muscle tone, and improve your overall health. A ten minute workout on a trampoline is the equivalent of running on a treadmill for thirty minutes. It firms the legs, thighs, abdomen, arms and hips, increases agility, and improves sense of balance. Most importantly, it lowers the risk of injury, as the flexible surface reduces the impact of landing. Finally, it doesn’t have to cost the earth; a mini-trampoline fits comfortably in your house and can cost anything from $30 to $1000 depending on the size.