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Minimalist Workouts For Busy People

If you lead a hectic, busy life then it’s very easy for things like health and fitness to slip down your ladder of priorities.

Whether it’s looming deadlines, the school run, or family and work engagements, other plans tend to take priority, and when you do get a small amount of down time it’s not unusual to just want to relax and put your feet up.

However, it’s no surprise that the people with the most jam packed of schedules are often the ones who are most at risk of health problems. If you leave yourself no time to exercise and your diet isn’t quite up to scratch, then it won’t take long for your body to start to show signs of stress. Here we will offer some workout tips and take a look at four time-sensitive workouts that you should almost always be able to fit into your day – no excuses!

Working out at home
While gym access can greatly benefit you in working towards a better body, it’s not essential. There are so many exercises that you can do at home, even if you are short on space. Yoga, bodyweight exercises and other more high-intensity workouts can all be performed at home. Search Google or YouTube to find one that works for you.

Strength Training or Cardio
If you only have time for just a few workouts per week then strength training should always be your first port of call. With strength training such as weighted exercises, you burn calories at a quicker rate throughout the day, where as with cardio such as running your body stops burning calories after it cools down. Strength training is also a great way to maintain muscle, whereas if you focus on cardio alone you will likely loose muscle definition as you start to slim down.

3 Great Beginner Bodyweight Routines:
Bodyweight exercises are such a good option if you’re short on time. They require no special equipment or expensive gym memberships and you only need a small amount of space to carry them out. Try alternating between these workout routines, three days a week, and see what differences it makes to your level of fitness and the way you feel. If you are unsure of what any of the exercises are then perform a quick Google or YouTube search before you get started.

-    40 x Jumping Jacks
-    10 x Push Ups
-    30 x Squats
-    30 x Crunches

-    40 x High Knees
-    30 Second Plank
-    30 x Lunges
-    10 x Push Ups

-    20 x Burpees
-    20 x Squats
-    35 x Crunches
-    10 x Push Ups

Weight training routines:
These weight training exercises can also be completed with only very minimal equipment – typically a pair of dumbbells. If you are very new to weight training, then you may find 10 repetitions of each exercise difficult. If that’s the case, then try reducing them down to 6 or 8 reps for the first week or so while you get used to things. Remember to familiarize yourself with these exercises through Google or YouTube if you aren’t sure what they mean.

-    10 x Goblet Squats
-    10 x 1-Leg Hip Thrust
-    10 x Split Squats
-    30 Second Farmers Walk

-    10 x Goblet Squats
-    10 x 1-Leg Hip Thrust
-    10 x Split Squats
-    30 Second Farmers Walk

-    10 x Floor Presses
-    10 x 1-Arm Bent Over Row
-    10 x Split Squats
-    30 Second Farmers Walk

Do you have any special routines that work for you and fit easily in to your schedule? Let us know on by connecting on Twitter @TimeForYouGroup.

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