If I had a dollar for every time someone told me that they didn’t have time to exercise, I’d be a very rich man indeed. Personally, I find it hard to understand how, out of 168 hours in a week, so many people can’t even find three spare hours to get a little exercise done – especially when the national average TV viewing figures suggest that most people watch an average of three hours a day!
Not having time for exercise is a bit like when a kid says their dog ate their homework. It may have been true once, or even a couple of times but if you genuinely think you NEVER have time to exercise then there is a bigger issue that needs addressing such as your priorities, your time management skills and your chosen career!
Of course, there are times when you might not have as MUCH time as you’d like for exercise but that doesn’t mean you should skip your workout entirely. In actuality, short workouts can be as if not more beneficial as hour-long aerobics classes or weight training marathons.
Short workouts make you focus on what is important and naturally eliminate that which is not. For example, if you only had 30 minutes for weight training, you’d need to focus on just a few compound exercises like squats, pullups and bench presses to work all of your major muscles in such a limited time. Ironically, such a limited choice of exercise means you automatically cut out superfluous and ineffectual exercises like triceps kick backs and crunches.
If you swapped your 60 minute Zumba class for 20 minutes of burpee intervals, you’d not only burn more calories, you’d trigger a greater calorie afterburner effect and also work every major muscle in your body. Sometimes, shorter is better.
So, to that end, here are some tips to help you get around the whole “I don’t have time” issue and get your exercise fix even when the demands of the day conspire to rob you of your health and fitness!