How to make the most of your time in the gym

It’s so easy to make excuses for not going to the gym, with the most common one being that people simply don’t have the time. I’ve used this same justification many times, but the truth is, everybody could fit a quick workout in if they really wanted to.

I’m no expert on fitness but over the last couple of years I’ve discovered that little and often works really well, meaning there’s no need to put too much pressure on yourself to spend hours in the gym.

After starting my fitness journey in 2018, I’ve learned to love the gym and actually enjoy spending much of my time there (I didn’t think I’d ever write that sentence a few years ago!) But for those that don’t, there’s plenty of quick workout options out there that can still achieve long-lasting results.

With this in mind, I’ve round up a couple of my favourite time-saving exercises.

HIIT workouts

High intensity interval training is really popular for so many reasons, but largely people love it because it involves burning a high amount of calories in a short space of time. Apparently, this type of training also increases your metabolic rate for hours after you’ve trained, so you continue to burn calories long after you’ve finished – definitely a winner in my eyes. Most HIIT classes are approx. 30 minutes long, meaning they can be done in lunch breaks, between meetings/classes and before work, without making much of an impact on your day.

Sprints

I understand that running isn’t for everybody, but it’s hands down my favourite form of exercise. Long distance running does take a lot of time and commitment though, so it’s not always a viable option for people. Interval training/sprints can be a great alternative for those extremely busy folk, where you still reap the rewards of running. Sprints improve your cardio fitness levels, increase muscle and help to keep your heart healthy!

Tabata

Tabata training is quite a recent discovery of mine and I’m definitely keen to incorporate this more into my fitness regime. Very similar to HIIT, it involves pushing yourself to exercise at an extremely high intensity for short burst of time, then resting completely and repeating. Tabata is centred around doing the same exercise for four minutes, in the following way:

  • Work out hard for 20 seconds
  • Rest for 10 seconds
  • Complete 8 rounds
  • = 4 minutes

Tabata is great to get a quick workout in if you’re short on time. It’s also fantastic if you want to switch up your routine, learn some new exercises or want to improve both endurance and speed.

Another brilliant thing about all of these exercises is that you don’t even need a gym membership to complete them. Most of the exercises can be done in the comfort of your own home/local neighbourhood.

Do you have any top tips for fitting in workouts when you’re extremely busy? If so, get in touch – i’d love to hear them!

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