If you’re like most of us, then getting in better shape is on your to-do list. Yet how do we make time for exercise in our busy lives? We’re here to help. We’ll show you how a minimum investment of time can yield maximum benefits. 

Take a HIIT for Your Health

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is taking the fitness world by storm, according to CNN. HIIT focuses on proven fitness principles like these:

  • Brevity. Each workout lasts between four and 15 minutes per day. 
  • Intensity. The exerciser keeps moving throughout the session.
  • Variety. Each workout challenges multiple muscle groups.

For example, someone using an HIIT routine may perform lunges for a minute or two, shadow box for another few minutes, and wrap up with pushups or squats. The next day, the workout should be changed up, and then again each following day so that every major muscle group sees results over time. Sessions never take longer than 15 minutes, and some HIIT enthusiasts finish in 10 minutes or less.  

Harness the Power of the Web

Want to see how surfing the internet can boost your health? Just search for “10-minute workouts” and see how much useful information pops up, such as this handy list from the Washington Times. From power-packed aerobic routines to flexibility-enhancing mini-sessions, you’ll find plenty of time-sensitive tips for making the most of the exercise time you have on hand. Here are some of the options:

  • Aerobic routines that combine cardio exercises, such as jumping jacks and running in place. 
  • Weight-free muscle-building sets that combine classic moves such as pushups, sit-ups and squats performed in short, speedy bursts one after the other.
  • Stretching sets that distill the benefits of yoga into a handful of ultra-effective routines.

Become a Fitness Opportunist

You’ll find tons of opportunities for healthy physical activity if you look around. Here are some ideas to inspire you:

  • Climb the stairs at work instead of using the elevator.
  • Use your office chair for some quick triceps dips.
  • Park at the far end of the parking lot and enjoy a brisk walk to the entrance.
  • Finish lunch early and cool off with a quick dip in the pool.
  • Carry grocery sacks 2-3 at once to save time and give your muscles a little extra challenge.
  • Keep a hand grip exerciser at your desk and use it throughout the work day.
  • Sign up for a fitness class and combine exercise time with social time.
  • Ride your bike to work on nice days.

See what we mean? The opportunities for exercise are endless when you just look around you.

Fit Mind and Body 

Getting in shape not only takes a little time, it costs less than you may have thought. Start your fitness journey on the right foot by using the tips in this post. You’ll be so glad you did!

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