Don’t have time for exercise? A lot of us simply can’t set aside 30 minutes to an hour several times a week for exercise. But, does that meany you need to give up on a healthier lifestyle altogether? Will it help to do short workouts throughout the day? Do they work?
The truth is that regular exercise is far too important to merely forget it just because your life is crammed full. Even if you can’t find a solid block of time for exercising, there may be ways to work in short workouts all throughout the day?
To start with, just 10-15 minutes can burn excess calories to help you lose and/or maintain a healthy weight. Just this small amount of time will benefit your heart, tone muscles and improve your health.
Benefits and Drawbacks to Brief Exercise Periods
These brief sessions will help:
- Keep your body flexible
- With muscle tone
- Shredding calories
- Increase your metabolism for more energy
Draw backs to short exercise sessions
- Will not build and increase endurance levels
- Burn as many calories as longer exercise sessions
From that, you can see that there’s really nothing negative about these quickies. And especially if you try HIIT Workouts. HIIT means High Intensity Interval Training, and when done correctly should never take more than 15 minutes. Usually 10 minutes is all you need.
But, even without HIIT, 5 minutes of exercise 3 times a week can effectively mean 15 minutes of cardio worked right into your schedule. The most interesting thing is to consider what would happen if you could do 5 minutes several times a day?
If you can manage to work in a total of 30 minutes a day 3-5 times a week you could really see a difference in your:
- Energy levels
The real key to breaking up your time into small increments is to identify what you are most interested in doing. In the end, none of us are good at sticking to any physical activity that we hate doing.
Where Can I Exercise?
The type of activity you wind up doing depends on where you do them and what equipment is available to you, right?
If you are too busy for a longer session, it’s doubtful you’ll have time to go to the gym. If you are able to do them at home an exercise bike is a perfect choice. On the other hand, have you thought about getting some exercise right at your desk?
In case you aren’t aware of it just yet, under desk exercise equipment is an inexpensive and great way to counter the effects of sitting all day long.
Best Exercises for Limited Time
If you find yourself sitting at a desk all day and can find just a few minutes to get up, try these:
- Squats. You can either hold your hands straight out in front of you, or hold on to a chair or desk for balance and assistance. Start out with 3, 4, or 5 of these deep knee bends, and after a few days start working up to 15 each time. You might even try simply standing up from your chair and sitting back down over and over again.
- Jumping Jacks. Well, if you’re woking in a cramped office, you may not be able to get away with doing 10 or so jumping jacks. But if you can, try standing with feet together arms by your side, and as you jump just a little – spread your feet out before you land and clap your hands over your head.
- Desk Push Ups. Simply put your hands on the front edge of your desk or kitchen cabinet and back your feet up about 3-4 feet from the desk or cabinet. Now lift your body weight up from the cabinet until your elbows and arms are straight. Bend your arms at the elbows and return to the cabinet top. Do 10-15 of these push ups each time you exercise .
These, along with many more, are simple exercises you can use for short workouts to get the benefits of staying active in just a few minutes a day.