If you are a busy professional and a dad it is so easy, maybe too easy, to use time as an excuse to not exercise. As a busy professional, all you need is a 20 minute workout and no matter how busy you are you can find 20 minutes.
This is a picture I saw about a week ago. What fit’s your busy schedule better? An hour of exercise a day or being dead 24 hours a day?
And the best part is you really don’t need an hour a day unless you are after a swimsuit model body. How about just being in good enough shape to make you more productive, add to your quality of life and maybe even add a few quality years on the back side?
Also how about getting and staying in shape for your wife or girlfriend because they deserve it? How about doing it for your kids so you have more quality time to play with them? For a busy professional a 20 minute workout just four or five days a week is enough.
A week ago I started a CrossFit Endurance marathon training schedule. In the first seven days of my 13-week program there was one day I spent working out more than 30 minutes in a day and that one day included a CrossFit workout in the AM and a run workout in the PM both of which ran about 20 minutes. Nothing a busy professional even needs to consider doing unless they are also trying to train for something like a marathon or atriathlon.
For a 20 minute workout you don’t need to join a gym or buy expensive workout equipment either. There are many at home workouts you can do. Just remember high intensity is what is important with your at home workouts. A 20 minute high intensity workout is better and much quicker than a one hour slow jog or cardio workout.
Try a 20 minuteanaerobicworkout, then the next day try a one hour slowaerobicworkout and you will realize quickly that the 20 minute workout is the way to go.
Burpees, sprinting, air squats, against the wall hand stand pushups, jump rope, pullups, sit-ups or planks, just take a few and go for 20 minutes. Grab a jump rope, do 100 jumps, sprint 200 yards, do 20 burpees and sprint the 200 yards back to your rope. Now repeat this sequence two more times as fast as you can. This and other at home workouts you can come up with done with high intensity will get you and keep you in shape.
Here is another one I saw this week.
How do I know it can be done? For years I was a busy professional who was way too busy for exercise. It was not an excuse, it was my reason why I could not do even a 20 minute workout. After all, I was way too tired after my busy day for any at home workouts.
I also recommend you don’t wait until the end of the day to get in your exercise. If you need to, set you alarm clock 30 minutes earlier in the morning. The chances you actually will do your at home workouts is greatly increased if you do them first thing in the AM before your busy day starts than if you wait until after the work day.
As someone who now makes sure I do my 20 minute workout the first thing every day, I can assure you the small investment you make in time will be more than rewarded with results. You will have more time. You will be more productive. You will have more energy for your work and your family. You may even learn to like it.
Now stop the excuses and get off your butt and have fun.