It should come to no surprise that many of us lead hectic lives. Between jobs, families, running a household topped with many other countless obligations, we sometimes find ourselves crunched for time. Exercise, unfortunately, becomes kicked off the high priority list of things to do as part of our daily regimen. While you probably realize the importance of exercise, you might not be aware of how to incorporate it into your busy schedule without having it conflict with other obligations. Sure, any type of exercise is better than doing nothing at all, but why not get in a full workout in 30 minutes or less? Read on to find out how you can better accommodate cardio into your jam packed schedule.
If you’re more inclined to staying at home, plan 3 sessions of 10 minute jump rope activity during your day. The jump rope is an inexpensive, portable, easy-to-learn, and fun way to work out. It can burn up to 1000 calories per hour, making it one of the most efficient workouts. I recommend weighted fitness ropes to work your shoulders and arms into the mix as well. In one session, jump rope for about 10 minutes and alternate 50 easy jumps with 10 high intensity jumps. Before you know it, you’ve got 30 minutes of daily exercise!
Total Body Circuit
Warm up for 5 minutes then complete your circuit training in a sequence. You should do each exercise in a succession without taking rests in between each circuit. Completing the exercises this way will allow your body active rest time, or rests the muscle you’ve just worked while keeping the rest of your body moving. Circuit training can include jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups, V-sits, and plank walks which are to only name a few. You may also incorporate fitness equipments such as resistance bands or York Free weights to get the best of your upper body workout.
Elliptical machines are growing in popularity, especially in gyms. If you’re considering gym equipments and machines for in-home usage, I recommend a Vision Fitness Elliptical Trainer. Ellipticals offer a low impact workout while keeping both the upper and lower body engaged. Challenge yourself by selecting a fast pace of higher interval setting to get into your target heart rate zone. Of course, you can manually increase and decrease the intensity to where you most feel comfortable with.
10 Minute Calorie-Blasting Quickie
Grab those lightweight hiking shoes and head out on your own for a little me time at least once a week. You can clear your head and boost your intensity while walking the local track, high school stadium, or long staircase. Challenge yourself by interchangeably setting both low and high intervals for yourself. Your heart should be pounding by the end of your 10 minute workout but even only 10 minutes of high intensity will go a long way!
Did you know?
A pound of muscle burns about 9 calories a day and a pound of fat only burns 2?!