Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Constantly moving. Maximizing cardio in a time crunch

Many people today have the same fitness excuse. "I don't have time". For some people, this is just an excuse, where they could easily make improvements with their time management. For others, this is a valid excuse, but still. It's an excuse. If you plan your day accordingly, most individuals can find an hour in their day for a workout. It may just be an hour and that's fine. We can work with that!

If you have plenty of time to devote to an integrated training program, it typically takes two hours to complete. This is including time for a warm-up, flexibility, core, strength and cardio routine. By modifying the routine to a specific circuit, you can cut that time in half. You still have all of the components of the program, but you are maximizing your time and effort making for some serious time management skills.

The trick to this circuit is to be constantly moving. You will have to take a break every now and then just to catch your breath and let your heart rate drop some, but the goal is not to take a 30 second (or longer) break in between lifting sets. With this "break" time, your muscles are recovering from the lift, but your body is still working by either doing a set of crunches or cardio.

Not only is this a great plan for those who have little time for a workout, but it's an incredible way to achieve a quick weight loss goal. If you're in a predicament where you need an "emergency" workout plan to fit into a swimsuit for your upcoming vacation, this is the plan for you too.

So, if your excuse for not working out is that you don't have time, try this circuit. I'll bet you can fit it in and see results in just a few weeks.

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