by Sally Whitaker
One of the biggest hurdles when it comes to fitness is finding and making the time to exercise. Here are 3 ways to get a workout in even on your busiest days.
10 Minute Rule
Set aside 10 minutes for a workout. Whether you schedule it into your day or sneak it in when you have a gap, tell yourself you will do a workout for 10 minutes. A walk around the block, a quick online video of your favorite form of fitness, or even a Pinterest search for “10-minute Workout” will get you started.
The hardest part of working out is often just getting started. You may find that once you have completed the 10 minutes, you now have the energy and desire to go a little longer.
Break It Up
A 2001 study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information
concluded that “exercise accumulated in several short bouts has similar effects as one continuous bout”. This means that two 15-minute workouts are just as beneficial as one 30-minute workout.
To make this work for you, try a cardio workout such as the stationary bike or elliptical for 15 minutes during one part of your day, followed with 15 minutes of Pilates or Yoga at another open time.
Think Outside the Gym
Taking your dog for a daily walk, walking the circumference of the playground while your kids play at the park, or doing core work while catching up on your favorite TV show all count as exercise. Just because it doesn’t happen at the gym doesn’t mean it doesn’t count. Get creative!
You should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting this or any other fitness program to determine if it is right for your needs. Do not start this fitness program if your physician or health care provider advises against it. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or shortness of breath at any time while exercising you should stop immediately.
Sally Whitaker is a Pilates and Yoga instructor with 15 years of experience teaching group classes and private clientele, primarily in Independence, MO. During the summer months you can find her teaching Sunset Yoga at Armstrong Park in Grain Valley.