Fitness with Jennifer Hale: Make the Most of Your Time
Jennifer Hale, Fox Sports Sideline Reporter & Women's Health Spokesperson for Thibodaux Regional Medical Center.
Time is a valuable commodity these days for almost all of us, and the battle for balance sometimes can result in pared-back exercise regiments. Try these tips to squeeze the most benefit out of your workouts in the least amount of time!
Combo exercises that work at least 2 body parts: Get two-for-one! You can target two muscle groups simultaneously when you pair exercises like squats with an overhead press as you stand back up at the end, which is my personal favorite. Lately, I’ve also been marrying a deep lunge stretch with bicep curls or sitting in a wall squat while doing heel raises to work my glutes, quads and calves at the same time. Bonus: your body is working a little harder to accomplish both tasks, so you’ll burn more calories, too!
Work out with a buddy: Here again, get two-for-one. If you grab a friend before you hop on the elliptical trainer or go for a jog, you can get your sweat on while notching a little social time. When I’m on the road, I love to make a workout date with a fellow female, whether they work for one of the teams I’m covering or it’s an old friend who lives in the city I’m visiting. It’s a great strategy because I get that valuable face time with people and a workout as well. Otherwise, many times I have to choose one or the other because of limited time. Plus, as we’re chatting away while pounding the pavement, we usually end up running longer than normal because we’re having such a good time catching up or swapping work stories.
Keep track of break time: People head to the gym for a variety of reasons, and for some, it’s more of a social outing than it is a workout session. Make sure you’re exercising efficiently when you combine training with social time. I have switched fitness centers in the past because I felt like I couldn’t get my work done without feeling rude due to the club’s chatty atmosphere. Yes, you need to rest between sets, and working out with a friend can be a big boost, but beware those brief water breaks don’t stretch on longer than they should. That’s detrimental to your workout in several ways. When you take too long gabbing with a former co-worker or debating last night’s buzzer-beating shot, while you’re hydrating– you’re either tacking time on to your workout or forcing yourself to cut it short, if you’re on a strict schedule. Perhaps more importantly, your heart rate is slowing down and you’re losing that burn you just worked so hard to spark.cy Time yourself when you hit the exercise pause button and either invite your fellow fitness enthusiast to join you as you resume your workout or use the expiring break as a graceful exit strategy.