Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Economize Your Workout

by Kris Pitcher

The number one complaint from people is they don't have time to exercise. I can appreciate that. Time is a commodity we could all use more of. Others complain their workouts take too long. I've got some ideas about economizing your workouts.

Economizing your workouts begins with a solid plan. By combining the right muscle groups together and then selecting the best exercises for those, you're on your way to maximizing your time. Efficiency takes planning, this goes for your workouts too. You can't wing economy.

If you're a busy person, a six day split isn't going to work for you. Something a bit more simplified might need to do the trick. You also might not be able to commit to 45 minutes of cardio in one session. Break it up into two sessions of 25 minutes during the day when you can sneak away. These things help to make the best of the time you have.

The next step is what happens once you're at the gym. The key to success here is to leave your i-V phone or crackberry in the locker. I see more phone use than lifting in the weight room lately. I can assure you facebook will still be there when you're done. Your email can wait the 45 minutes it takes to do your routine. And unless there is an actual emergency, no one needs to get a hold of you. This is your time.

We all have the same 24 hours in the day - the same 7 days in the week. How we use and allocate our time depends on what we value. If we value watching TV, we can spend four hours between the time we get home from work and when we go to bed watching. Or, we can allocate that time for other things we say are important to us.

Your workout can take you a lot of time, if you have it. But it doesn't have to. Find ways to fit it in and then economize what you do by focusing on the workout. Multi-tasking takes away from what you're trying to accomplish.

We all have the same amount of time. How are you using yours?

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