Do you ever say to yourself “I’m too busy to train”? It’s a common excuse and it is understandable as most work 40+ hours per week as well and family and social obligations, however your fitness is incredibly important.
Just think of the consequences if you leave your fitness low on your priorities. Weaker immune system leading to regular illnesses means you wont be at your peak whether at work or with family and friends.
Long term life threatening conditions such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes causing pain and suffering for you and your loved ones.
Weight and fat gain causing your confidence and self esteem to plummet. These are just a few things that will happen if you aren’t prioritising your personal fitness.
The good news is that now with rapid expansion of cheap 24 hour gyms, apps and Youtube, there is no excuse of being too busy as you can work out from home, at the gym or even in your local park at any time.
A good 20-30 minute high intensity workout is a huge boost to your cardiovascular system and will do massively improve your ability to burn fat.
No weights or expensive equipment needed
Gone are the days where you need a treadmill and weights bench to keep fit, all you need is yourself! Using you own bodyweight you can complete a workout in less than 10 minutes, making use of just a chair and a wall.
High intensity training is all the rage now as it is designed for people who want to burn calories but don’t have the time to train. Short bursts of exercise done at maximum intensity is known to burn more calories than low intensity training such as light jogging and the great thing is you can do it anywhere.
THINK ABOUT EFFORT
The kinds of exercises that you could do range hugely and could include lunges, squats or burpees, but the harder you push it the more you’ll gain.
Many people who are restricted to a set amount of time can use a method known as Tabata training. This method is very much time dependent and is great at burning calories in a set amount of time.
If you have a 15 minute break where you would like to make use of, you can choose an exercise, say plank, press up, sit-up or any other exercise you choose and train for 40 seconds, then rest for 20 seconds and repeat for 5, 10 or 15 minutes.
Doing this at your maximum intensity (while keeping good form) will get you amazing results in no time. There are now apps which have specific tabata timings so that you don’t need to keep your timings set so that all you need to do is concentrate on your exercise.
No Pain No Gain
If you have plenty of time on your hands and can afford to jog lightly for an hour then you can afford to take it slowly, but if you’re strapped for time and have a hectic schedule, you should be training at your maximum effort in order to burn the same number of calories in a shorter amount of time.
High Intensity Interval Training (or more commonly known as HIIT) is a combination of the tabata method and high intensity training, where either sprint, swim or bike for 60 seconds and rest for 60 seconds then repeat again.
Best Location For Training
For the time starved, high intensity training is great as your training location could just be about anywhere. You don’t need to travel to a gym or across town or walk very far, your training location could be next door if you wanted, saving you on time and money.
No More Excuses
With this information you now know that there are no excuses for being ‘too busy’ to train as you can fit in a 15 minute work out at any time during the day or night at any location you are at. The reality is that we are all busy with day to day lives, however we all need to priorities ourselves first in order to enjoy what we are doing. Personal fitness is a responsibility we all have and we should set it in stone like we do with all other priorities.