How to Get Fit Without Inconvenience
One of the hurdles that many people face when trying to get fit is finding the time to exercise. After all, if you’re on a busy schedule, making time to go to the gym and then run on treadmill for an hour could mean 2 hours of the day gone, if you count the commute.
So what do you do?
Increase the intensity
Studies have shown that a 15-20 minute high-intensity workout is even more beneficial than low intensity cardio done for an hour. So, instead of wasting time walking on the treadmill for an hour, you can run at a fast pace and finish off the workout in a third of the time.
Finding slots in your daily schedule
Busy business people, full-time moms, and other people who have unpredictable daily schedules would do well to work out when they can.
If you’re at the office and crunched for time, you can always do 3 sets of squats, push ups and burpees during your lunch break. Busy moms can do the same when their children are at school or when the baby is sleeping.
Forget the traditional hour long workouts. Do short, quick sessions whenever you have some time available. The cumulative effect of the reps will still be the same. For example, if you do 20 push-ups 4 times a day at different times, you’d get about the same benefit as doing all 80 push-ups at one go.
The goal is to focus on getting activity in your day rather than thinking about hypertrophy or muscle tension and a multitude of other fitness principle. Movement and activity are your main goals.
Keep it simple
Instead of going to the gym to run on the treadmill, how about buying a treadmill and keeping it at home. You can get on it without having to leave the house. Or you could just run outside your home.
The same applies to getting a few dumbbells/barbells for your home. With enough weight plates, etc. you could get just as good a workout at home as you would at the gym. You wouldn’t even need to wait for other people to be done with their turn.
If you must get a gym membership, choose a gym that’s as close to your home or workplace as possible. The goal is to always make it as convenient as possible for you to do your workout.
Convenience = less time and hassle to get to your training.
Plan your training regimen
Always plan your training sessions ahead of time. This will prevent decision fatigue and you’ll not have to constantly wonder what you’re going to do at every workout. You’ll also be more focused and not try to wing the session based on how you’re feeling.
It's best to write your workout down on a piece of paper or save it as a note on your mobile phone. On the day of your workout, just look at the note and you’re good to go.
Ultimately, reducing inconvenience will make it much easier to comply with your training. Just remember to do what you can with what you have where you are. Study your daily schedule to see where you can free up time for quick workouts.
Do whatever it takes to remove all obstacles that stand between you and your training. Once you do that, you’ll find it much easier to stay on track and get your workouts done without much hassle.