Monday, May 14, 2018

The Easiest Workout For People With No Time

I've been consistently exercising for over a month now! That's a lot for me considering I haven't had a fitness routine since I was a cheerleader in high school over four years ago. The last couple years I've made excuses for myself such as "I don't have time" or "I should be studying instead" to keep myself from hitting the gym, but keeping myself from the gym was keeping me from living to my fullest potential. Whether you have a full time job or are a full time student, time is our most precious commodity and you might not think that you have enough to fit in a sweat session. Here is my workout routine. It's 40 minutes, three to five days a week, and super easy. 

I have tried time and time again to get up early and hit the gym before classes, but it really does not work for me. Instead, I try to go after class tuesdays, thursdays, and fridays, and on weekend mornings. If you really don't have time during the weekdays, you can absolutely spend an hour twice a week on the weekends and that is better than nothing. There's always time, you just have to be motivated enough to find it and take advantage of it. 

I use the gym at my apartment, but my workouts don't require much equipment. I usually run or walk on the treadmill or elliptical and then do some bodyweight exercises with the TRX or lift some dumbbells. If you don't have a gym membership, I don't think that you need one! There are plenty of youtube workout videos (Blogilates is popular, but I love Tone it Up more)!

I start with 20 minutes of solid cardio. This is usually a couple minutes of walking at an incline to warm up and then intervals with me running full out and walking to recover. At the end of my cardio I'll walk for another couple minutes to cool down a little. Then I do my toning exercises. Some days I do arms and legs coupled by doing a lot of lunges with presses or squats with bicep curls. Other days I do mat work for abs and booty. It all depends on the day and what I'm feeling. You should youtube specific exercises, I'm not a trainer. Toning exercises are usually 15 minutes, sometimes more or less depending on how hard I want to go. I'll then finish it up with a little bit of stretching. This is my favorite part of my workout because I grew up a dancer and it just feels so good to stretch everything out. 

This definitely is "the beginner's guide to working out," but I'm really exercising because I want the cardiovascular benefits and want to build bone density, not because I want to be skinny or ripped or anything like that. I should also add that my campus at school is huge and I walk up this giant hill to the med school practically daily, so this isn't my only daily activity. If you have suggestions on how to workout better let me know in the comments and also let me know how you like to stay active! I know yoga, spinning, and barre is so in right now, but I've never tried those group fitness classes!


  1. This is so motivating! Thank you girl!

    x Lisa |

  2. I'm so glad you like this post! Let me know if you incorporate any parts of my routine into your life!