My husband loves to spend time in the gym. He has finished numerous marathons, and he truly enjoys staying in shape.
I am nothing like my husband.
I workout because it’s good for me, and it gives me more energy. But my goal is always to get the most accomplished in the least amount of time.
So here’s what I’ve found works best for me.
20 minutes of cardio
7 minutes of resistance training.
For my cardio, I walk 20 minutes on the treadmill on an incline. The incline builds up your legs and burns more calories. It doesn’t matter if you walk outside, jog, get on the elliptical, or swim laps, as long as you get your heartrate up.
For my 7 minutes of resistance training, I use an app on my phone, which walks me through a series of push ups, abdominal crunches, planks, and additional cardio in 30 second increments. It doesn’t use any equipment except for a chair (I use a step at the gym). If you search your app store for “7 minute workout free,” you’ll find a lot of options. It’s based on research that has shown that high-intensity interval training can be effective.
If you have extra time or as you build up endurance and strength, you can add another two or three rounds of the 7-minute workout.
I also throw in yoga from yogabird.co throughout the week to add strenght and flexibility and to keep my routine fun and interesting.
So that’s my 30-minute workout. What do you do to stay fit?