Making the Most of Workout Time

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Most people have busy lifestyles. Finding the time to workout can be challenging if you also need to juggle school, a job and family obligations.

That’s why it’s important to make the most out of available time to exercise. If you’re able to manage your time right, you’ll be able to get in a good well-rounded workout in a short amount of time.

Reduce Time on the Treadmill

Logging long hours on the treadmill at a low intensity will not put you in peak physical shape. If you’re spending too long on cardio machines, then you need to change your workout plan. Increase your intensity to the point where your gait is still natural, but not to the point where you need to lean onto the machines to stay upright. According to Time Magazine, you should also mix up the machines you choose. You can make the most out of your gym session by using machines like the rower and Jacob’s Ladder to increase intensity and focus on more muscle groups.

Make a Plan

Working out without a goal will leave you floundering at the gym. You should plan each workout ahead of time with specific body goals in mind. For instance, if you’re more into toning, you need to figure out the days you want to work on specific muscle groups. To allow the muscles time to recover, you should not train the same muscle group on consecutive days. For weight loss, your focus may be more on cardio fitness. Increasing the intensity of your cardio workouts can decrease the amount of time spent exercising overall.

Get Moving

A warm-up is fine to do when exercising at the gym. However, according to studies cited by the US News & World Report, stretching before a workout session is not necessary to reduce muscle soreness. Instead, use the 10 to 15 minutes before exercising to lift weights or do cardio exercise at a moderate intensity.

It’s also important to not get stuck in a gym rut. Doing the same exercise routines will lose its effectiveness over time. Cross-training involves using different machines to challenge your body. For instance, if you’re doing cardio for 45 minutes, split the time between 15 minutes on the elliptical machine, 15 minutes on the treadmill and 15 minutes on the stationery bike.

At the very least you should be working out no less than 30 minutes per day on most days of the week. If you’re doing higher intensity exercise, you should aim for a minimum of three 20-minute workouts weekly.

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