Lack of time is the number one reason for skipping exercise. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve heard people say “But I just don’t have time to work out”. It seems to be the most common get-out-of-training excuse, and yet, it’s not really a question of finding time, but making time for exercise.
I get it, the modern world is a bustling circus that requires us to work hard at a career, keep our family members happy, do household chores, maintain a social life, and still find time to exercise! However, what most people fail to realize is you don’t have to put a lot of hours aside for exercising.
Sometimes all you need is 20 minutes to break a sweat and earn some awesome endorphins.
If you want to get more bang for buck, wrist-based heart rate tracking can help ensure that you’re working hard enough during the short time you put aside to exercise. Measuring how high your heart rate climbs and monitoring your fitness progress by assessing how fast your heart rate goes down during rest periods can really help you make the most out of even short workout sessions.
That aside, what makes wrist-based heart rate tracking even more convenient is that you don’t need to worry about putting on a separate chest strap that can sometimes feel uncomfortable, or syncing your chest strap to your watch before training. You can just choose the type of workout from the sport profiles on your watch, and you’re ready to go!
If you’re short on time to exercise, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is an effective option. This style of exercise involves short bouts of intensity, with quick recovery periods, and it does wonders for fat loss, increases your VO2 max, and helps build lean muscle mass.
Working out anywhere, anytime, and monitoring the intensity of your workout is as simple as the press of a button!
So, give these three impromptu HIIT workouts a go – they will help you work up a sweat in no time!
A workout for the office (3 rounds)
- 6 x Knee Tuck-Pike
- 10 x Tricep Dips
- 12 x Chair-Hover Squat Jumps
- 8 x Plyo Pec to Tricep Push-ups
- 8 x 1-leg plyo lunge
- 8 x Push-up Knee Tuck
Re-Invent taking the stairs (3 ROUNDS)
- Up 2, Down 1
- Lateral Stair Sprints
- 10 x Plyo-Reach Push-Ups
- 8 x Plyo-Fly Lunges
- 8 x Bunny Hops
- 10 x Inverted Push-up
- 5 x Inverted Super-Man Pushups
Using what’s lying around (3 ROUNDS)
- 8 x Pistol Squats w/ Straight Arms
- 6 x Ball Push-ups
- 10 x Front Taps, 10x Lateral Taps, to 6x Front/Back Squat Jumps
- 30 x Russian Twists
- 8 x Ball Reverse Burpees
- 12 x Plyo-Circle Lunges
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Please note that the information provided in the Polar Blog articles cannot replace individual advice from health professionals. Please consult your physician before starting a new fitness program.