Finding the time and energy to exercise on a regular basis is especially difficult for professionals with hectic lives. Here, Larry Greenfield, an experienced personal trainer from New York, shares three exercise strategies that can be adapted for a packed schedule and are attainable for everyone.
Here are some effective workouts for busy professionals by coach Larry Greenfield.
Squats are perfect for busy professionals because they can be done any time and anywhere: in your bedroom in the morning, your bathroom while getting ready, at your office, or after work in your living room. Try doing squats for one minute at a time, eventually building up endurance and even adding some weight. Squats can strengthen your glutes, core, and legs and are a powerful way to burn calories.
Push-ups are another great, effective workout that can be done from anywhere. Just like with squats, try to do your push-ups one minute at a time, then increasing how long you do push-ups for. You can even start a push-up challenge at your office, or with your family members or friends to keep yourself challenged and motivated. Push-ups are a fantastic way to build upper body strength by working your pecs, triceps, and shoulders. Push-ups will also strengthen your core and lower back.
Running can also be done almost anywhere. You can head out for a quick run before or after work or in between meetings. Just remember to bring an extra pair of clothes in that case! Running is an efficient way to quickly burn calories, increase endurance, and improve your cardiovascular health.
High-intensity interval training workouts are perfect for busy professionals because they can be done in about 15-20 minutes and provide a killer workout. If you have enough space, you can pull up a HIIT workout on YouTube in your office and get a sweat in when you have some spare time. If space is an issue, depending on the workout, all you need is a little bit of space and you can start torching calories from anywhere.
If you are short on time, one of the best ways to get a great workout in is to sprint. Sprinting is a great way to burn fat and build lean muscle. This can be done outdoors or on a treadmill. In order to see the best results, give it your all!
A lot of gyms are adapting to our busy schedules and are offering 30-minute classes instead of the longer 45-minute or hour-long classes. This will allow you to get a great, trainer-led sweat in without spending too much time at the gym.
If you have 30 minutes to spare, you can get in a pretty decent weightlifting workout. Try out some different weight circuits and working different parts of your body each time you head to the gym for a quick 30-minute pump. Lifting weights is a great way to increase bone density, build strength, and even boost your mood. You don’t have to lift huge weights to reap the benefits. If you are able to, you can keep some free weights between 5, 10, and 15 pounds in your office or at home for a quick pump session that won’t take up too much time and will produce effective results.
Larry Greenfield says you don’t need a lot of time to get in a great workout. Try some or all of these tips the next time you’re in a time pinch and looking to get a great sweat in.
About Larry Greenfield
Larry Greenfield is a certified fitness coach from New York, NY, who specializes in helping men and women over 40 get into the best shape of their life. Through years of experience, he’s discovered that personalizing his approach to fit each client’s needs and aiming for long-term results is the best path to improve his clients’ lifestyle. When he is not working, Larry enjoys fitness, art, traveling, and outdoor activities with his family.