Workouts for those with little time to workout.

  • uptowner

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    Feb 05, 2011 4:46 PM GMT
    I know that everyone is going to say, you have to make time to work out. Sometimes, those choices are made for you and so I am looking for ideas of workouts that I can fit in to my schedule. I'm trying to make the time in the little time I have. Lets put it this way. In the last two weeks: I have logged 116 hrs of working time and until I get through an implementation project in July...those hours are going to keep up.

    I need workouts that I can do at home, with No Gym equipment that will tone, raise my heart rate, and help me maintain or even lose a couple extra pounds I have put on.

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    Feb 05, 2011 6:14 PM GMT
    uptowner saidI know that everyone is going to say, you have to make time to work out. Sometimes, those choices are made for you and so I am looking for ideas of workouts that I can fit in to my schedule. I'm trying to make the time in the little time I have. Lets put it this way. In the last two weeks: I have logged 116 hrs of working time and until I get through an implementation project in July...those hours are going to keep up.

    I need workouts that I can do at home, with No Gym equipment that will tone, raise my heart rate, and help me maintain or even lose a couple extra pounds I have put on.



    I'd recommend some CrossFit metcons. They are short, brutal, and require no equipment. Below is 2-week "travel" workout schedule that my CrossFit trainers give to us for times when we can't make it to the box regularly. These workouts can be completed in 20 minutes or less, and will have you sweating your ass off if you're putting in sufficient effort. Have fun!

    http://michaelashcroft.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/2-week-beginner-cf-program.pdf
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    Feb 05, 2011 6:23 PM GMT
    uptowner saidI know that everyone is going to say, you have to make time to work out. Sometimes, those choices are made for you and so I am looking for ideas of workouts that I can fit in to my schedule. I'm trying to make the time in the little time I have. Lets put it this way. In the last two weeks: I have logged 116 hrs of working time and until I get through an implementation project in July...those hours are going to keep up.

    I need workouts that I can do at home, with No Gym equipment that will tone, raise my heart rate, and help me maintain or even lose a couple extra pounds I have put on.



    Sounds like you need to re-think your priorities. Sites like this one, bodybuilding.com, and many others, have just the resources you need to resolve this on your own!
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    Feb 05, 2011 8:02 PM GMT
    Try some yoga or yoga-pilates dvds. You'll work out your muscles, raise your heart rate, feel more energy and don't really need any equipment. Commitment time ~1 hr/day.

    Or just incorporate fitness into your daily schedule. There's plenty you can do without any equipment. Crunches, wall sits, pushups, dips, back extentions,...
    When you're at work take 10 minutes and go for a walk or climb some stairs.

    Regardless of what your schedule is, if health/fitness isn't a priority then it won't happen. Even if you spend long hours at work, you will find a way to work out if you really want to. You may have to be creative and fit a few minutes here and a few minutes there, but you will find a way.
  • sfjock11

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    Feb 05, 2011 8:07 PM GMT
    Take 30 mins for yourself at any time of the day and take a rigorous walk. e.g, w/ hills, hand weights, forwards/backwards, etc.

    Your mind needs the break just as much as your body needs the workout.

    Lower your caloric intake (while maintaining food quality) if you know you are going to be sedentary.
  • Ironman4U

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    Feb 05, 2011 8:09 PM GMT
    The Spartacus workout is a good overall conditioning workout. There's a thread on here with the video by Scott Herman (or you could look it up on YouTube). All you need is two 12 pound dumbells (or whatever weight works for you). Can complete 3 rotations in less than 45 minutes.
  • kittar

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    Feb 05, 2011 8:11 PM GMT
    Check out the '1-million push-up forum!' You can find it at http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/922013/! Push ups are one of the best exercises you can do, especially for your chest, back and arms. (this will help with the toning aspect.) They require no equipment and can be done in several short intervals throughout the day icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 05, 2011 11:40 PM GMT
    Do something simple like planks, pushups, pullups, crunches, lunges, etc.
    Spread them out where you do 15-20 minute segments, 3-4 times per day as time allows.
    Even with an elaborte home gym setup, I still do this more often than using the weights.
  • uptowner

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    Feb 07, 2011 6:07 PM GMT
    Thanks for the suggestions guys. Putting some of it to work today!!

    To those who have told me that I need to rethink my priorites:

    I know my priorities but for 7 months that priority must be my job as we are implementing an entirely new system into our 8000 person organization and it must be successful or the organization goes under. So for 7 months, I am looking to be able to still get my fitness in but needed suggestions of workouts with out the gym and all of its glorious equipment.

    And if someone says that my job shouldn't be my priority, well, I'd like to still have a job in 7 months. No Job = No Life.

    Thanks to everyone who have me some ideas for workingout at home without equipment. Can't wait to get home tonight and take 30 minutes to workout at home.