NO TIME TO EXERCISE!
In our busy lives jammed with work and family obligations, it is not always convenient to get to the gym or attend classes.
That is one of the biggest barriers I hear people complain about. It is not necessary to spend hours working out in order to look or feel better. Recent studies have shown that short intense workouts will give you great results!
The key is intensity.
You want to elevate your heart and respiration rates.
Try to include cardio, strength training and flexibility work in your routine. Push out 10 cardio minutes on the stationary bike, elliptical, treadmill or get outside and walk/run.
For strength, do push-ups squats/lunges and lift dumbbells or do body weight exercises.
For flexibility, it’s helpful to just stretch every day. Work different muscle groups and keep it simple. You will feel healthier and be on your way to developing solid fitness habits.
It only takes 30 minutes a day.
If you have to, break it up into manageable chunks of 10 minutes. Start when you wake up with a quick exercise. A lunch break is possibly the perfect time to re-energize and get the blood flowing again. The last 10-minute blitz could come in the evening, while you are watching TV; do some ab exercises, push ups or use that time to stretch. It’s also great to go for a power walk after dinner; take a friend, a spouse or the family for added quality time!
Its all about convenience!
If you try, you can fit exercise into your schedule no matter where you are. Do it at home or at work, outside or in the living room. Start building exercise spurts into your daily routine and you will see and feel the benefits.
On my own YouTube pages, I have a series of five 1 minute total body exercises that will strengthen and tone your body and get your heart rate elevated. Do the series then repeat it 2-3 times for maximum benefit. Click on the exercise for a direct link to each video!
1. Power Burpee
2. Alternating Lunge
3. Push ups
4. V Sit
5. Mountain Climber with a twist!
Making the time to take care of yourself is paramount, especially at this stage of life!
We need to incorporate exercise into our lives to increase lean body mass (muscle) to prevent osteoporosis, to reverse declining metabolism and prevent future illness.
Phyllis is a certified personal trainer and published fitness columnist/writer with over 31 years of experience in the fitness industry. For more info on how to get into the best shape of your life: