I must say, I’ve spent a long time on my soap box talking about how important it is to put yourself first and keep your fitness habits a top priority in order to live a healthy life. And although it was well meaning (and I still stand behind my message), after launching my business 4 months ago, I can completely relate with those of you who tell me you just don’t have time.
Now I get it!!
But guess what! You don’t need much time to stay fit. Even if you can only muster 15 or 20 minutes a day, you can do SOMETHING to move your body in a positive way. And why is this important?
- It will reduce your risk of chronic disease
- It will increase serotonin – the happiness hormone
- It will increase brain power
- It will keep your fitness habit consistent
- It will make you feel productive
- It will keep you focused on what’s important (hint: your health)
- It will keep you looking hot!
Then let’s consider what’s reasonable to do if you’re too busy to workout. Obviously, convenience and accessibility are key, so here’s a few ideas from my own fitness regime. I’m a big fan of weight bearing exercise (at least 2 to 3 times per week) as it maintains strong bones and lean muscle mass which is so important, especially for women.
Here’s a quick tour of my “home gym” and a sample workout that I will often do. It truly is a busy girl’s solution for fitting in a little fitness in an overstuffed day. Down below is my favorite 20 minute home gym workout and a list of where to find the equipment.
I do this circuit in full, going directly from one exercise to the next and take a minute break before starting it again. Generally I do it about 5 times and it takes no more than 25 minutes total.
Repeat 2 times:
- 25 fast squats
- 25 reverse lunges
- 20 weighted squats (hold dumbbells at shoulders)
- 20 weighted reverse lunges
- 10 wide grip pull ups (I put a foot on a chair for support)
- 20 push ups (I’m on my knees for half of it)
- 12 overhead presses
- 15 jump squats
- 10 ab rolls or a 2 minute plank hold (if you don’t have a roller)
Rest and repeat 3 to 5 times.
TIP: If I feel like really getting my heart pumping, I’ll race up and down the stairs once or twice in between sets (and I have 4 flights of stairs in my house!!)
Want to make your own gym? Sweet! Here’s a list of my equipment:
- AB WHEEL
- Iron Gym Total Upper Body Workout Bar
- Gaiam Total Body Balance Ball Kit (75cm)
- CAP Barbell Solid Hex Dumbbell, Single (20-Pound)
So if you’re a busy gal like me, give this a try and let me know what you think. A home gym is a cheap investment that pays huge dividends and you don’t have to deal with sweaty strangers at the gym 🙂 If this is too much for you, try going through it once or twice or just start by heading out for a 30 minute walk. Fitness is all about consistency and sustainability so do what you can, when you can.
Have fun with it!