FITNESS CLUB — February 8, 2012 at 4:07 pm

No Time for the Gym!

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We hear all the time that people just cannot find the time to get into the gym.  With these quick tips you can make the most of the shorter time you have these days to get in a workout!

Shorten:
You’re on a mission. Approach the gym like a battlefield…get in, get ‘er done and get out. Break that 60-minute routine into two 30-minute workouts – one for upper and one for lower body. Pick one. Do the other half the next time.  Schedule your cardio and resistance training on different days…30 minutes…that’s all you need.

Intensify:
If it’s shorter, make it harder too. Research proves the best results come from exercising harder not longer. Pick up the intensity.  Alternate really hard “I think I’m going to throw up” intervals with segments of “okay, it’s not that bad”.  A five-minute warm-up, 10 intervals, a five-minute cool-down and you’re done. Shower and head back out.  High intensity works off stress, so you’ll be nicer to your family and friends!

Get Smart:
Mom used to say “a change is as good as a rest” so, instead of doing a chest press and resting before the next set, throw in a minute of skipping or a back exercise instead. Try the TRX – it works your body from head to toe in 30 minutes. Navy Seals use it because it’s fast, portable and effective –it’ll work for you too.

Get Creative: 
Toss random exercise spurts into your life. At this winter time of year, park three blocks from the mall…the brisk walk will feel great.  Don’t sit in the bleachers for 30 minutes before your daughter’s hockey game. Walk up and down the stairs or around the arena. Instead of watching another reality show, organize a family hike or for winter, a skating party – many arenas offer free holiday ice times.

Avoid that “all-or-nothing” mentality.  If you can’t do your whole program, do some. If you slip up and eat a dessert, you don’t have to eat them all – trust me. Instead of thinking “all-or-nothing”, think “better-than-nothing.”