The most popular excuses for skipping a workout seem to be “I’m too busy” or “there aren’t enough hours in the day.” The school year is starting soon, and time will soon come at an even higher premium for parents.
But when it comes to your health, it’s essential to make the time to move every day. If you’ve been eyeing the scale, there’s no better time than now to make a lifestyle change.
“The best way to lose weight and stay healthy is to practice good nutrition and daily aerobic exercise for one hour every day,” Dr. Dirk advises.
Here are some ways to speed up your workout so you can get back to your life.
Try something new. If you’re at the gym and need a cardio machine that’s being used, try a different machine rather than waiting around. Using a new machine will still ensure you’ll get your aerobic exercise in, but it may also challenge new muscle groups — a win-win!
Plan ahead. Make a plan and know exactly what exercises you’ll be doing before you start your workout. Visualizing which machines or weights you’ll need is a great way to save time between exercises.
Keep your head down. Don’t make small talk with other gym-goers. While it can be fun to make to make new friends, if you’re in a hurry and health is your goal, keep your headphones in and your mind and body focused on the workout.
Build your playlist first. When you don’t have to scroll through songs, you’ll wind up shaving minutes off your workout time. Plus, setting up your playlist can get you more excited about your future workout!
Don’t check your phone. Pausing to respond to text messages or check tomorrow’s weather can add up and prolong your workout. Try turning off your phone or turning it on airplane mode before you hit the gym.
No matter what, be sure to get that aerobic exercise in every day. It’s the only way to curb diabetes, obesity and all of the other health problems that come with being overweight. If you’re getting your hour in every day and not seeing the results you need, it may be time to get started with Dr. Dirk.