How to Get the Best Results from a Workout if You’re Stuck for Time

In a time crunch? Working out regularly takes dedication and… let’s face it… it takes time. But there is no reason to let your muscles atrophy when you are pushed for time and have to squeeze in shorter workout sessions.

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In a time crunch? Working out regularly takes dedication and… let’s face it… it takes time. But there is no reason to let your muscles atrophy when you are pushed for time and have to squeeze in shorter workout sessions. Exercise bands are the perfect way to get in a “quickie” workout and tide you over until you have the time do your full workout – but don’t make a habit of it though! You know won’t respect yourself if you start to backslide…

Ten Minute Workouts

If you only have ten minutes you can target a single muscle group such as arms, legs or abs and increase the intensity of the workout by varying speed and resistance. Here are a couple of ideas guaranteed to burn calories and tone muscles even if you don’t have much time to spare.

Slow Down

Instead of doing 2 sets of 12 repetitions counting 2 down and 2 up, do one set of 12 repetitions counting 4 down and 4 up. Slowing down the reps forces the muscles to work harder. You will feel the difference.  To ensure proper breathing, exhale when you exert the effort and inhale while you are preparing to exert effort. So if you are working your biceps by pulling the bands towards you, exhale when you pull up or in.

Increase the Resistance

Increasing the resistance in your workout similarly makes muscles work harder over the same amount of time. Exercise bands lend themselves easily to adaptation. To increase the resistance, shorten the band by changing your grip on the band. You can also move further away from the door, forcing you to pull harder on the band to bring it towards you. Our book [insert link to sales page] contains exercises for every muscle group in the body and each exercise has variations for increased or decreased intensity. If time is of the essence, simply follow the increased intensity examples for maximum benefit. For a quick calorie burn on a tight timeline, do several sets of jumping jacks between reps or as you switch from one exercise to another.

Experts agree that a short workout is better than no workout at all, so even when time is at a premium and there are a million and one things to get done, taking a few minutes out of a busy day to tone and strengthen will help you stay focused, remain less stressed, and keep those muscles in shape.