There is nothing wrong with a short workout. After all, we all struggle to juggle our family, work and social life at some point! The goal is to make our workouts as efficient and beneficial as possible. Here are a few tips on how to make short workouts more effective.
Shorten the Time in Between Sets
When doing strength training, it is very common to take breaks in between your sets. It is difficult to bench some serious weight and then be ready to do it again immediately after. However, people tend to take longer in between sets then they need. Try changing it up and only allow yourself 30-second breaks if you are doing 15 or more reps, 45s if you are doing 12 Reps and 60s if you are doing 8-10reps. It won’t be easy, but it will be fun!
Go with a High-Intensity Interval Training Cardio Workout
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is perfect for the person who is facing a limited amount of time. This type of workout requires the person to go full sprinting speed for about 45 seconds to a minute with a short rest period in between sets. This can be done easily on a bike or a treadmill. After completing six to eight reps of this cardio workout, you will be spent!
Focus on Compound Movements
Compound exercises are great for short workouts because they train several muscle groups at once. For example a bicep curl is great for growing that one muscle, but a Deadlifts will work almost every muscle in your body. If you are facing a limited amount of time, train as many muscle groups at once as you can by sticking to strictly compound movements.