If you are reading this, then I should guess you are a very busy person.
Secret of Exercising for Busy People
Getting insight into why you do what you do (or don't do) is the only way to change things for the better. No matter how busy you are, there is time for exercise if you decide to make your fitness a priority.
The secret of exercising for busy people is to simplify it by committing to what comfortably fits your lifestyle. Starting an exercise program means rearranging your schedule to allow time for it, but exercising itself doesn't require that much time. Three days a week works for most people.
Short Bouts of Exercise Are Better & Perfect for Busy People
Researchers have revealed that short bouts of exercise can be just as effective for weight loss and health as longer workouts. Moreover, most successful exercisers find it easier to stick with shorter workouts.
In one study, researchers compared two groups of exercisers, those who did short bouts of exercise (multiple 10-minute workouts) and those who did long-bout workouts (20-40 minutes of continuous exercise). Here's what they found out about the short-bout exercisers:
- They were able to stick to their workouts more consistently
- They exercised more days a week than the long-bout group
- They accumulated more exercise time each week than the long-bout group
- They lost more weight
More studies have found that short bouts of exercise can also help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease, the same way longer exercise sessions can.
Now, knowing that you could break up your workouts into a few 10-minute sessions, does the lack-of-time excuse start to lose its allure?
When Should I Exercise?
Generally, it is best to exercise prior to a meal. However, you should not be completely starving. If it's first thing in the morning, it is best to have a glass of juice, or something light and easily digestible. It depends on you, but generally, having something light, like a glass of juice, you can usually exercise within 15 to 20 minutes
More importantly, you should find what will fit in with your life right now – a 15 minute walk before breakfast and a half-hour at lunch or a quick jog with the dog after work or a workout video before dinner.