Time and Results

If you struggle to find time for exercise, we have good news for you – every little counts! We spoke to Health and Fitness Specialist Ian Potter about prioritising fitness goals, staying focused, and creating a program that works for you.

When it comes to positive outcomes, there is no doubt that consistency is critical, and this certainly applies to health and fitness. Often, the biggest barrier to regular exercise is time – it’s easy to use a busy diary as an excuse to swerve the gym or give that fitness class a miss, and it’s a common mindset shared by many. As our schedules become busier and demands on our time increase, dedicating time for a workout can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be.

Harnessing time efficiency in fitness makes exercise more accessible, maximizing the physical and mental benefits without sacrificing other important aspects of your life. The sense of accomplishment derived from completing a quick yet effective workout contributes to enhanced mood and reduced stress levels. As you witness tangible results from time-efficient efforts, you are more likely to maintain a positive mindset, further motivating yourself to prioritize your fitness goals and habits.

If you truly want to get great results, firstly, you need to schedule your workout time in your diary and hit ‘repeat’. You repeat many other tasks, day after day, week in, week out, don’t you? So, do the same with your workout allocation. 30-minute sessions are a great way of squeezing fitness into a mid-week lunch break, while tailored workout plans are ideal for adapting to increasingly busy lives. Even a 10-minute fitness blitz can provide impressive results; it’s about training with purpose and focus and without the distraction of phones, emails, calls, and diary clashes.

For advice on making the best use of your time, it’s a good idea to speak to a fitness or wellness specialist who can advise on a routine that works for you. They often use a Frequency, Intensity, and Time (FIT) principle to help plan your exercise program into your diary and lifestyle. Think carefully about how much time you can put aside each day, 7 days a week. For example, it might be 10 minutes from Monday to Friday and 2 hours over the weekend. That’s 170 minutes, enough to cover multiple foundations of fitness such as strength, endurance, flexibility, and cardiovascular health.

Even a 10-minute fitness blitz can provide impressive results

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