For some of us the idea of carving out an hour every day to go to the gym (not to mention travel time) is daunting. So what do you do if you don’t want to let your health and fitness slide? There are lots of ways to fit a workout into your life—without ever even needing a gym membership!
Working out at home is the single easiest way to simplify your 30 minute workout.
30 minute at home rotations you can stick to
When choosing a set of workouts to do at home focus on picking activities that work as many muscle groups as possible with high impact. Beyond that, be mindful of what sort of lifestyle you can maintain. Making your workout part of your lifestyle is more important than what specific workout you pick. When finding a routine consider these factors:
An enjoyable routine is easier to maintain.
If you don’t enjoy an activity, you are less likely to maintain it long-term. So thread in some of the exercises you like less but allow yourself a routine that in general you enjoy.
A Daily Routine will keep you on track.
Routine is the key word here. Pick a time and days of the week when you work out, the important thing here is to be consistent. If you allow yourself too much leeway, both in terms of time and in terms of days, it is far easier to procrastinate yourself out of a healthy lifestyle.
Some at home workout require a significant investment. Some don’t. If you are looking for a weight bench and a full set of weights, it’s either going to take some ingenuity or a monetary investment. Yoga on the other hand can be done very cheaply. A set of decent running shoes and some laps around the block won’t set you back much. The key is to find the balance that works for you (and to invest wisely in items you will use.)
Get bang for your buck by considering what exercises deliver the most benefit.
Most of us are more likely to stick to 30 minute workouts if we are seeing and feeling results. So make sure that when you are picking a routine, you’ve considered what benefits you most want and what exercises are likely to give that to you. If you blend cardio, strength, and good stretches you are more likely to get encouraging results.
Some great 30 minute workout options
Another thing to consider is to get in a variety of routines. The same routine every day can tire your mind and doesn’t benefit your body nearly as much. Try rotating something fun like yoga with more traditional workouts of cardio and strength.
Yoga- This is a great way to get in some healthy stretching and to get in your ab workout without making it feel dull. This is a good example to try.
Cardio- There are some great options out there to get your heart pumping (and burn calories.) Find some that work for you and throw them in your mix a few times a week. Getting out and running, jumping rope, jumping jacks or find a workout set you enjoy. These are some good options:
A few options in one place.
A quick bodyweight workout can be found here.
Strength- The key to strength training is high intensity. Squats, lunges, planks and pushups can be great exercises to throw in when working on a strength routine. Looking for some specific ideas? Here are a few good ones:
A Good System is One that if Built for you.
Setting up a healthy set of routines can seem challenging when you start, but don’t get frustrated. A big part of finding a routine you can follow is giving yourself time to experiment and find what works for you. There are some great set-ups already out there, but you can also create your own workouts fit around your specific needs.