Pressed for time? Most of us don’t have the chance to set aside a solid 60, 45, or even 30 minutes for a workout. But, does that mean you should give up on a healthier lifestyle all together? Absolutely not! Even if you can’t set aside a solid chunk to workout, you can still reap the calorie burn by breaking a workout up into multiple smaller workouts that fit your schedule. This could even bring bonus benefits by increasing your heart rate more often, which can lead to a sustained calorie burn in the moments following your mini-workout.
However, there is one consideration to keep in mind. Frequent workouts, even short ones, could be effective in boosting your metabolism and will certainly help you burn calories. However, they won’t help you build endurance since you will only be working out for a few minutes. Keep that in mind if you want to pursue an activity like hiking or running.
If you do a 5-minute workout 3 times a way, you have successfully fit 15 minutes of cardio into your busy schedule. And, if you manage to fit in just 30 minutes, no matter how you break it up, you’ll be twice as quick to reach your goals! The key is figuring out what you’re going to do so that you don’t waste one free minute wondering how you can burn those calories off.
The type of activity you do during your mini workout will all depend on where you are and what you have available to you. Since you’re so busy, there’s a good chance you won’t be able to go to the gym–much less find time to buy and use your own gym equipment.
So, you’re best off opting for body weight moves, like the classic squats and push-ups, which can get your heart pumping while also engaging your muscles. You can decide between high-intensity cardio, like jumping jacks, and old-fashioned strength training moves, like crunches, on your own time. Keep things simple and you’re sure to see results.