How to Exercise When You Have No Time for Workouts?
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November 18, 2020
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No Time for Workouts during the holidays

Trying to keep fit (or get fit) this holiday season but have no time for workouts? That seems to be the story for everyone.  How can we possibly exercise when every moment of our lives is overbooked for at least a month and a half?

Don’t Wait for the New Year to Exercise Even with No Time for Workouts

Believe it or not, at times like these when we have no time for workouts, it’s the most important time for us to actually do them.  No matter your fitness goals and whether you’re already working on them or were hoping to get started for the first time, staying regularly active is more important now than most other times of the year.

Naturally, it’s important to be active all the time, but when you’re busy, eating more sweets and fatty foods than usual, and likely stressed, finding time to exercise even when you have no time for workouts can keep you energized, motivated and healthy.

Daily Blasters Fit When You Have No Time for Workouts

Even if you can’t do a full 30 minutes, at least five days per week, as would usually be your goal, daily blasters can fit even when you have no time for workouts. The reason is that they’re only five minutes long.  To get the most out of these daily blasters, do two of them per day. They don’t have to be done consecutively.  You can squeak 5 minutes in before your shower first thing in the morning, and do the other one on your lunch break or get it out of the way the moment you get home, so that you can move on to everything else.

Even throughout all the holiday madness that leaves you no time for workouts of the traditional sense, five-minute daily blasters will still find a place. Don’t be fooled by how short they are. By keeping them up from mid-November through to the end of December, you’ll tally up 7 hours of exercise.  All that without ever having to step into a gym or even turn on a video.  Just whip your way through them, get your heart rate up, use your muscles, breathe faster and you’re done.

Choose Your Fitness Level

To make this process easier, we’ve broken down the daily blasters into fitness categories.  That way, you can be sure you’re challenging yourself appropriately without risking an avoidable injury or discouraging yourself.

If you’re not sure which category is right for you, think back over the last two months.  Did you feel you had no time for workouts then, too? Have you been a gym rat the whole time? Have you barely moved?  If you really haven’t done much, you’re in the beginner category.  If you’ve been active but would hardly consider yourself a gym addict, you’re likely in the moderate category. If you don’t remember where you live because you spend so much time at the gym, scroll down to the high intensity category.

*Always consult a doctor before beginning any exercise regimen, especially if you have any previous or recurrent injuries or health conditions

Do These Daily Blasters Twice Per Day When You Have No Time for Workouts

Beginners

Repeat twice daily.

Minute 1: Light jog in place OR march in place OR up and down stairs, 1 minute
Minute 2: 1 minute mini squats
Minute 3: Light jog in place OR march in place OR up and down stairs, 1 minute
Minute 4: 1 minute crunches OR 1 minute assisted push-ups
Minute 5: Light jog in place OR march in place OR up and down stairs, 1 minute

Moderate

Repeat twice daily.

Minute 1: Jog in place OR jumping jacks OR up and down stairs, 1 minute
Minute 2: 1 minute squats OR 1 minute lunges
Minute 3: Jog in place OR jumping jacks OR up and down stairs, 1 minute
Minute 4: 1 minute V-Ups OR scissor kicks
Minute 5: Jog in place OR jumping jacks OR up and down stairs, 1 minute

High Intensity

Repeat twice daily.

Minute 1: High knees in place OR jumping jacks OR run up and down stairs, 1 minute
Minute 2: 1 minute squats OR 1 minute lunges OR 1 minute burpees
Minute 3: High knees in place OR jumping jacks OR run up and down stairs, 1 minute
Minute 4: 1 minute V-Ups OR scissor kicks
Minute 5: High knees in place OR jumping jacks OR run up and down stairs, 1 minute

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