“I am having a horrible, devil of a time carving out time to work out. Morning is mostly when I used to exercise [and now that won’t work] and I can’t find a new time(s). I’m going NUTS!!! Please help me and the thousands of people like me—I know they’re out there and that this is a widespread problem. Assuming I don’t have to pick the same day/time each week, what are some strategies for an exercise schedule that “rolls with the punches?” How do I make sure I get out the door?
Well, first off, Debby, while you may want to get out the door for a number of reasons, you don’t need to go to a gym to work out. That is one of the premises of Surround Fitness. All you need is a small space, maybe 6 feet square, your own body, and perhaps some dumbbells. Of course, you may eventually amass a small arsenal of workout stuff (e.g., kettlebell, medicine ball, Swedish ball, jump rope, ab roller, furniture sliders, etc.), which is fine, in time.
- Despite popular belief, you do not have to work out at the same time each day. In fact, changing it up is good for you, shakes off the workout doldrums and forces your metabolism out of its habituated hibernation, like jiggling your mouse wakes up your computer (ok, bad analogy). Still, it’s good to vary the routine.
- And here’s even better news. All you need is 10 minutes at a time—morning, noon, or night, or anywhere in between. Indeed, doing three 10-minute workouts may even be preferable to one 30-minute aerobic push followed by hours of sitting at a desk. Doing shorter workouts throughout the day confronts a major culprit in weight gain: being sedentary, even if sedentariness follows extended time at the gym!
- So what should you do for 10 minutes at a time? A mix of cardio and resistance, with some flex stretches before and after. Taking a cue from Jillian Michaels (her awesome 30-day shred DVD features 20-minute interval workouts), you can easily design an effective 10-minute circuit workout that gives you what you need.
- Here’s how—choose from this “menu” of options (four different categories) and do the exercises for the time shown:
Keep moving… – Jen Katt