3 Tips to make the most of your workout in a time crunch
Being busy seems to be the modern trend. Between work and other commitments (like any attempt to have a social life), working out can sometimes sit on the back burner. Your physical health can impact all other aspects of your life, so it’s important to make it a priority. Here are a few tips to make the most of your workouts in the least amount of time!
- Planning is key. If you’re heading to the gym or have equipment at home, make sure you know what you plan to do ahead of time. If you go in with a clear plan, you can quickly set up your gear and get started, rather than wasting time trying to figure out which exercises you should do. Creating your own workout guide for a week at a time can not only save you time, but help you implement a well rounded routine.
- Supersets and minimal rest time will save the most time. A superset is when you select two exercises that target different muscle groups. This allows you to move from one exercise to the other and back with little to no rest time in between. Supersets give you the extra pump and fatigue that starts the physiological process that encourages muscle growth. Even if supersets aren’t your thing (or don’t align with your fitness goals), keeping your rest times lower can help keep your heart rate up and save you a ton of time!
- Don’t hold back. Sometimes finding the motivation to hit the gym is difficult, but remembering why you’re there can help you power through. Perform each exercise with purpose. Giving it your all for 5 sets can yield better results than “just getting it over with” for 10 sets. If you’re in a time crunch, you have to cut back on sets and reps; this makes it even more important to make it count.
Whether you’re hitting the gym between jobs or classes or before you head home for the night, powering through just a 30 minute workout can give you a great sense of accomplishment. Taking care of your body with a little exercise can boost your mood, help you maintain focus, and alleviate stress in a busy schedule