Alright, so we all agree that exercise is an important component of keeping healthy and losing weight, right? The question is: how much do you really need? If you talk to almost anyone who goes to the gym to work out and ask them how long a good workout usually takes, they will often answer with; “it takes a good hour to get in a good workout”, or even; “if I don’t spend 1 ½ to 2 hours in the gym, I just don’t get enough from my workout”.
The plain fact is there are a lot of people who have such busy schedules that finding more than 30 minutes to dedicate to a workout is just impossible. It’s not that they don’t want to do it; there just aren’t enough hours in the day to be in the gym for one to two hours at a time. Even as a self-declared “gym rat”, I usually only spend 45 minutes in there.
If there was a way to get an effective workout in 30 minutes however, then perhaps it is possible to spend half the lunch hour in the gym and the other half eating. That would be perfect, wouldn’t it? But is it really possible to do a workout in 30 minutes that will bring real results? The answer is a definite yes, but you will need a few simple strategies to make it happen. Here are some tips on how to make your workouts really work in only 30 minutes a day.
To start with, make sure you have a plan for each day. Write down all of the exercises you will be doing for that day and write down all of the weights you will be using for each exercise. Write down how many sets you will be doing for each exercise and how many repetitions you will be doing during each set. Planning is key!
The next thing you can do is split your body part routines. For example, on Monday and Thursday, do legs, arms and abs. On Tuesday and Friday, do chest, back and shoulders. This way you only have half of your body parts to work on each day cutting down significantly on time spent in the gym. You’ll also be working out some muscles while resting the sore ones.
Upon arriving at the gym, set up as many things as you can in advance so that when you get started, you can keep moving from one exercise to the other without wasting time getting the next piece of equipment set up. This way, you can go straight through each exercise without stopping, take one or two minutes rest, and then simply repeat until you finish all of your sets.
Avoid socialising. This is the one that we need to emphasize. While being friendly is ok, don’t let yourself get distracted by having a conversation with others in the gym. Remember, you only have so much time and five minutes spent talking rather than exercising is five minutes wasted. Explain to people that you are on limited time and you just can’t stop what you are doing at the moment or better yet, put on a pair of headphones before you begin your workout; they’ll get the hint.
Always do your weight training and cardio training separately. On days you are not doing weight training, you can spend 30 minutes on the treadmill or on the stair climber. This way you are still only working out for 30 minutes. Combining the two only means you will have to spend more time in the gym and time spent in the gym is what you are trying to cut down on.
In summary, just remember to write out a plan for each day, split those body parts on different days, keep moving during your routine, don’t socialize, and don’t do weights and cardio on the same day and you will see excellent results in only 30 minutes a day.
As for me, I’m a little bit more relaxed and will spend 40 minutes. Whatever floats your boat, I guess. What if you don’t know how to plan a good workout? The good news is that you can get the Granite Fitness Masterclass, which will not only take care of that, but also give you tips on good psychology and nutrition too. Try it today!
Mark is an all-rounded guy with dreams, aspirations, and a desire to be a better version of himself. Having conquered obesity, he set-up Granite Fitness to help regular people get in shape and stay healthy. As of 2023, Mark spends his days as a People and Culture Manager. He holds three science degrees, a Diploma of Christian counselling, a Diploma of Human Resources, and a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety. Connect with Mark @ http://au.linkedin.com/in/marksptan