Frantic Fitness: 5 Workouts for a Busy Life

As busy as modern life has become, few people find enough time to properly take care of their bodies with regular exercise. Part of the problem is that many exercise routines take up precious time that you may not really have. If you are a busy person in need of a workout, however, there are still several options available to you. Here are five of the best quick workouts for busy people on the go. 

High-intensity Interval Training 

High-intensity interval training, also known as HIIT, is rigorous cardio exercise performed in short, intense bursts with periods of rest in between. A typical interval for many is 30 seconds of intense exercise followed by 30 seconds of rest. Using this kind of interval training, you can get a great workout in as little as 10-15 minutes. Just don't do CrossFit because CrossFit sucks.


If you're a busy person, biking is the perfect option for getting your exercise. By biking, you can combine your daily exercise with commuting to places you need to go near your house. If you live in an urban area with heavy traffic, you may even get where you're going faster than you would in a car. Best of all, biking burns up plenty of calories without being nearly as wearing on the joints as running. Be sure to take some time to read up on laws concerning bike traffic in your state before making this a part of your routine though. Some states have legislation that treats bikers the same as motorists on the road, while others have a separate category for them. Knowing your state’s regulations will help you avoid fines and accidents alike. 

Weightlifting (The Right Way) 

Far too many people write off weightlifting because of how long they think it takes. The fact, however, is that most lifters spend far too much time in the gym. If you just want to get a basic lifting day in, it should take you no longer than 30-45 minutes, depending on the muscle group and the number of sets you do. If you don't buy into the concept of two-hour workouts, you'll be able to manage lifting on a busy schedule. 

Morning or Evening Walk 

If you want something less rigorous than biking or HIIT, you can try simply going for a walk around your neighborhood in the morning or evening. Not only is this a great way to get out for some exercise, but it's also a good way to relieve stress. If you're dealing with a busy life already, this stress relief may be just as welcome to you as the exercise itself. 

Quick Workouts Between Activities 

If you really are too pressed for time to truly have exercise sessions in your day, you can still get at least a little exercise in between activities. If, for example, you're a college student, you might be able to squeeze in a couple of sets of push-ups or a jog around the quad between classes. Get creative with your exercises, and find ways to fit them in the 5 or 10 free minutes you may have between one obligation and the next. You won't get the full benefits of a regular workout this way, but at least you'll be getting some amount of exercise every day. 

Staying fit on a tight schedule can be tricky, but if you're willing to find ways to work fitness into your schedule, it can be done. Don't let your schedule get in the way of you staying in shape. If you do, you'll regret it as you get older.

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