Efficient Workouts: Make Every Minute Count

Most of you live busy, full lives. You want to make every minute count, including the time you spend exercising. Being efficient, though, takes practice. Here are six easy tips for streamlining your time working out while building mobility, strength, and endurance.

1) Be realistic.

Even if you set aside an hour for working out, you probably won’t be lifting, swimming, or cycling the entire time. You may have change clothes. Or drive to the club or track. Or leave time to shower. That hour may actually amount to just 30 minutes when you’ve factored in everything else and the necessities of a warmup and cooldown (don’t cut those essentials!). Be honest about how much time you have—it’ll keep you from getting stressed.

1) Have a plan.

If you’re like most people, you probably bring a list with you when you go shopping for groceries. The list helps you stay on task—and maybe on budget. It ensures that you don’t forget something important. The same approach works for workouts. Before you lace up your shoes or lift a kettlebell, Favorite or screenshot the newest Tr3s Method workout so you have it at a moments notice, all laid out for you, just waiting execution!

2) Set up for success.

Before you begin, make sure the equipment you need is close at hand. If possible, gather all the weights, bands, mats, or other items you’ll need before you begin. You don’t want waste time in the middle of the workout searching for the right dumbbell. This is part of the reason all Tr3s Method workouts require little to zero equipment!

3) Hide your smart phone.

Emails can wait. Selfies aren’t that important. You’ll also be more focused if you’re not toggling between songs or podcasts—so consider working out without your phone in sight.

4) Make up excuses.

If you’re exercising in a public place, there’s always a chance you’ll encounter a friend or even a stranger who wants to chat. Practice a few lines ahead of time that could close the conversation gracefully. Or wear headphones—even if they’re not plugged in or transmitting sound, they’ll deter some folks from chatting you up.

5) Fill your water bottle.

Hydration is important, but every trip to the water fountain will cost you a few minutes. Save the steps by keeping some H20 within arm’s reach.

6) Have a plan B.

There is no end to the obstacles that can impact a workout: You were going to run outdoors, but now it’s raining; you wanted to row on the Concept 2 at the gym, but someone else is on the machine. Rather than getting flummoxed or irritated, keep an alternative workout or two in your pocket. You’ll be less inclined to quit or skip the workout.

Not sure what to do for a plan B? Short on time for exercise today? Head over to the Workouts Page and try out the Volcano workout!

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