People today are busier than they’ve ever been.

Over the past two decades, technology has helped make life a lot easier in many respects. One of the most prominent ways life has become easier includes the many methods of communication (texting and emailing, mainly) we can use to reach friends and family all over the world.

Sadly, this influx of instantaneous communication has added significantly to the workload the average person has to juggle on a daily basis.

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Overloaded email inboxes, an endless amount of daily tasks to complete and (thus) our jam-packed work schedules take us away from the two things that matter most in life: 1) Our families, and 2) Our personal well-being.

One of the key excuses used for avoiding exercise is a lack of time.

In many respects, this excuse may seem very valid to many of you in this day and age. Fortunately, there are some beautiful workout methodologies you can implement into your daily schedule that will make your workouts both quick and efficient.

Today, ladies and gentlemen, I present you with a good workout schedule to fit in with your busy lifestyles.  It’s time to stop making excuses, and time to start getting results!

If you’ve read any of my WatchFit articles in the past, I’ve spoken extensively about High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and Tabata. These training methodologies can make fitting in a workout easy, even if your work and personal schedules are absolutely crazy.

Personally, I’m in the same boat as many of you:

My days usually start at 5 AM (meaning a 4-something wakeup call), and end at 6 PM. Since I run a mobile personal training business, my schedule varies based upon the day.

Fortunately, thanks to the help of my two friends mentioned above, I’m still able to get ‘mini’ workouts in during my breaks in order to stay fit.

HIIT and Tabata allow me to create and stick to a good workout schedule, regardless of what the day brings.

Below I’ll explain the differences between HIIT and Tabata, and how you can create a good workout schedule that will fit in with your lifestyle.

HIIT incorporates short, intense bursts of exercise followed by shorter bursts of rest, usually completed at a 2:1 ratio.

Below you’ll find an example of an HIIT Routine I do when I have 30 consecutive minutes to work out. The circuit below should be done at intervals of 30 seconds on, and 15 seconds off (or rest):

30 Seconds On

15 Seconds Off

Burpees

Rest

Tuck Jumps

Rest

Jumping Jacks

Rest

Running High Knees

Rest

Mountain Climbers

Rest

If your schedule doesn’t permit even 30 minutes to perform the above HIIT routine, then a few Tabata workouts over the course of the day might a good workout schedule for you.

Tabata is another type of interval training method that requires participants to perform eight rounds of either one or a pair of exercises at an interval of 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off.

The beautiful thing about Tabata (you’ll know this if you already did the math) is that each Tabata sequence is only four minutes! This means you get a lot done, quickly.

Just make sure that you’re really giving it your all, as four minutes is not a long time when you’re gingerly going through the motion.

a good workout schedule2

If you’re having a crazy day where you’ll literally have just a few minutes here and there, you can try out any one of my three Tabata go-tos that I perform on the days that I’m swamped:

Morning

20 Seconds On

10 Seconds Off

Burpees

Rest

Tuck Jumps

Rest

Afternoon

20 Seconds On

10 Seconds Off

Running High Knees

Rest

Jumping Jacks

Rest

Evening

20 Seconds On

10 Seconds Off

Mountain Climbers

Rest

Alternating Lunge Jumps

Rest

I hope that through the power of HIIT and Tabata, I’ve empowered you to take action and to create a good workout schedule that fits in best with your lifestyle. Until next time!

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