One thing that we can not deny is that we have become busier and busier and busier! Everyone knows that in that busy schedule, we still have to find the time to prepare healthy meals and also find the time to exercise. When we don’t exercise and eat right, we start to lack in the energy that we need to be able to manage our busy lives.
Even while realizing that it is important to exercise, it often becomes a challenge or it even becomes impossible to fit in adequate time to get a meaningful work out. The good news, as far as exercise is concerned, is that there are ways to cut down the amount of time spent exercising but still maximize the work out.
The following are ways that you can save time at the gym and still make your work out count:
Utilize High-Intensity Intervals
Even though you might want to minimize the time you spend at the gym, you can still maximize your workout with some high-intensity intervals, which burn some serious calories. Try alternating one minute of high-intensity activity with two minutes of steady-paced exercise. For example, try sprinting intervals during your treadmill workout or adding bursts of plyometrics to your strength training routine.
Multitask Your Muscles
Another way to maximize your calorie burn is by performing multiple moves that work several muscles at once. For instance, do crunches on a stability ball to engage your entire core as well as your arms and legs. The more muscles you can work at once, the less time you’ll spend at the gym.
Create A Shower Strategy
If you shower at the gym after your workout, create a game plan to get you in and out of the locker room–fast. If you take a group exercise class, bring your towel and flip flops to class with you, so you can make a beeline for the showers once class is over. You’ll avoid stopping by your locker and waiting in line. Additionally, hang your undergarments on a hook in your locker, so you don’t end up fumbling around looking for them in your gym bag.