You want to work out–you really do. You told yourself over and over again that you need to workout more. Yet every day it seems as though there are a million things you need to get done and working out never seems to be one of those things that actually gets done. You are always wishing you had more time. However, do you always feel overwhelmed and feel as though your to-do list never gets done? Did you know that actually squeezing in a workout when you feel overwhelmed by everything you need to accomplish will actually make you feel better which can turn into actually getting more things done? It may sound crazy but it is true.
Here are 3 tips for getting in a workout while still getting it all done… and no getting up earlier isn’t one of them.
Do the Big Four!
If you don’t have a lot of time then you want to focus on the largest muscles for getting the most bang for your buck (well, in this case time).
Perform them back-to-back as a circuit three or four times, without taking a break. Focus on repetitions ranging from 20 to 30 and holding the plank for at least a minute.
Try the 20-minute rule…
A large excuse for not working out is having no time. It is possible though if it is a priority enough to set aside 20 minutes. This is at least a lot easier than setting aside an hour. For your 20 minute workouts, just make sure you make e every minute count. This is when HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts can come in handy and are super effective. We have a couple great HIIT workouts to try here and here.
Meet to Burn Calories, Not Consume Them
Find a buddy that you can’t blow off or at least one that doesn’t take a simple text cancellation as a way out. This will hold you accountable to still get in a great workout and catch up with a friend. Just think about it as meeting up with a friend for dinner but instead, you two are meeting up to workout instead. Think about the calories you will be saving, plus you will be burning calories so it is a double win for your waistline.