Busy Schedule? You Still Have Time to Exercise.

Summer is coming to an end and that means my days of relaxing, reading and watching TV are too. With school right around the corner and a new promotion at my job, my schedule is about to get that much busier. But in the midst of juggling work, classes PRSSA and two internships, it’s still important for me to stay healthy and dedicate time for exercising.

Now most of you are probably like me. Just have too much on your plate to spend two hours of your day at the gym. Well thankfully, you don’t always need a gym to stay in shape. With a little help from a nutritious diet and a mixture of these quick and challenging work-outs, you’ll keep yourself in shape and maybe even cross off your New Year’s resolution. All without the help of a personal trainer.

30-Minute Boot Camp (Health)

This intense circuit workout is great because it keeps your heart rate up, burns calories and helps tone your entire body and uses nothing but your own bodyweight. Squats, lunges, flutter kicks, push-ups and jumping jacks are only a few of the simple exercises you’ll find in this simple, yet difficult workout.

10-Minute Morning Yoga (Prevention)

Yoga is great for all times of the day, but it’s great to get it in before your morning shower. Yoga will help stretch out your body for the day and will help with your concentration throughout the day and continuous yoga practice will in fact help you with weight loss and prevention. If you like this workout and are looking for something more intense, I recommend Kathy Smith’s Yoga Sculpt. It’s about an hour long workout and has 3 different workouts of varying difficulty.

30-Minute Cardio (Fitness Blender)

A balanced work out regimen requires both muscle building and cardio exercises. This at-home workout requires no equipment and can be modified to be more or less challenging, depending on the person. Burning up to 280 calories in only 30 minutes, this workout should be in everyone’s repertoire.

26-Minute Pilates Core (Fitness Blender)

Pilates can be a great addition to any workout repertoire and is especially great for toning your core. Available in a variety of difficulty levels, you can burn up to 208 calories with this online instructional that will take you closer to a six pack with every workout. If you love pilates and want to take it a step further, try Kathy Smith’s Peel off the Pounds Pilates. 

And just in case your like me and love 90s inspired workouts, try step aerobics! My favorite workout is by Redbook and I think only available on VHS. Thankfully I have my mom’s copy! But if you enjoy it as much as me, you can search a variety of step aerobic routines on YouTube. You may not know it, but 30 minutes of step aerobics will help you burn over  200 calories!

So even if you think you don’t have enough time to get in shape. Think again. These are only a few of the workouts available for busy people on the go. Try them all out and decide on your favorite. Then search for new and more difficult workouts that continue to challenge you. You’ll be surprised that once you get into the habit of working out daily, how you’ll be able to find time to continue exercising.

What are your favorite workouts?

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