I wanted to write this article because I found myself having a hard time working out. My background: I'm a single woman without kids, work odd hours, have responsibilities outside work, and am studying for an extremely taxing exam.
(It is a pet peeve of mine when people tell me they are "more busy than the average person.")
My personal opinion is that we find time for what we like to do. Find an exercise activity that you enjoy and time will magically appear.
- Prepared- Keep sneakers in your car
- Flexible- Break workouts up into mini-routines, squeeze them in when you can
- Initiative- The hardest part is getting started. Go for 10 minutes, then do more if you feel like it
- Priority- Make it a firm part of your schedule and arrange other things around your workout
- Plan- the night before, write out what you are going to do
- Experiment- Maybe Bootcamp isn't your cup of tea and jogging sounds like self-inflicted water boarding, there are other options
- Socialize- Make it a family activity, meet friends and workout
- Multitask- while your kids are at soccer practice, jog around the outside of the field, run the bleachers, jump rope, squat, push up, get other parents involved
- Play- go sleigh riding with your kids, play tag, toss a ball around, go for a walk, jog, or bike ride, do pull ups on the monkey bars (There's lots more here)
- Intensity- A good workout does not need to take a lot of time.
- High Intesity Interval Training- 1 minute of comfortable pace, 1 minute of everything you've got (FAT MELTER). If you can do more than 20 minutes, you've done it wrong. If you only do 10 minutes - that's fine!
- Tabata - 20 seconds everything you've got, 10 seconds full stop, 8x 4 MINUTE TOTAL WORKOUT
- Bodywieght exercises- can be done anywhere, and you're lifting at least 100lbs! (bodyweight)
- Push ups
- Pull ups
- Sit Ups
- Compound Exercises-
- Clean and Press
- Floor Wipers
- Squat/Military Press
- Lunge/Bicep Curl
- Romanian Deadlift/Row