The most common reason people give for not getting enough exercise is: “I’m too busy.”
But remember that just because you are BUSY doesn’t mean you are ACTIVE! Being busy and being active are not synonymous. You can be busy all day long sitting at a desk or driving in a car without being active.
If this is sounding familiar, then maybe taking some “shortcuts” is your answer. And no, I am not suggesting the easy way out. By “shortcuts,” I mean fitting in short pockets of exercise into your day to get the activity you need. Being active doesn’t have to be time-consuming — just time-efficient!
Are short workouts effective?
Studies have shown that short workouts throughout the day are as effective as one longer workout. Believe it or not, even people who fidget a lot can burn 300 more calories every day just from fidgeting. That’s a dessert! And if you are trying to stick with a fitness program for the first time, fitting in some short spurts of activity can be much more encouraging than not being able to make it through an entire long fitness regimen.
Try these 10-minute exercises
Of course, if you are training for a marathon, I wouldn’t tell you that 10-minute runs would get you ready. But if you are training to burn calories, reduce stress, feel better and gain energy, then a few 10-minute workouts can work. And the key is to be focused and work intensely during those 10 minutes. Pick up your hand weights and do three sets of tricep presses and bicep curls and three sets of lunges and squats. Run up and down a flight of stairs for five minutes, and do pushups and situps for the next five minutes. Take a 10-minute power walk during your lunch hour.
Or, if you like organized exercise, try my Shortcuts to Big Weight Loss DVD that features three 10-minute, calorie-blasting routines that are easy to fit into your day. The double-duty workouts include cardio, kickboxing and Pilates. It will rev your heart rate to burn fat and tone your abs, legs, butt and arms. It’s your shortcut to a fitter, healthier, leaner body!
We still have the mentality that exercise takes a lot of time, but by working out at the right effort, in the right zone, you can get your workout done faster and more efficiently. So get going and take some shortcuts — be the doer and not the complainer!
Just give it two weeks! Check out my new book 2-Week Total Body Turnaround.