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Ready when you are | Impromptu workouts with wrist-based heart rate

Lack of time is the number one reason for skipping exercise. Polar Ambassador and PT Lucy Young talks about the perks of wrist-based heart rate monitoring and gives you three workouts for those moments when time is pressing. Seize the moment and get sweating!

I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve heard people say “But I just don’t have time to train”. It seems to be the most common get-out-of-training excuse, and yet, training is not about finding time, but making it.

I get it, the modern world is a bustling circus that requires us to work hard at a career, keep a happy family, perform household chores, maintain a social life, and still find time to exercise! However, what most people fail to realize is you do not to put hours aside for exercising – sometimes all you need is 20 minutes in order to break a sweat and earn some awesome endorphins.

Sometimes all you need is 20 minutes in order to break a sweat and earn some awesome endorphins.

If you want to get more bang for buck, then wrist-based heart rate tracking can help ensure that you are working hard during the short time you put aside to exercise. It does this by measuring how high your heart rate climbs and monitoring your fitness progress by assessing how fast your heart rate goes down during rest periods. That aside, what makes it 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 literally choose the style of workout from the sport profiles on your watch, and you are ready to go!

Being short on time to train and owning a wrist-based heart rate tracker works perfectly with high intensity interval training (HIIT). 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, check out the Polar A370 fitness tracker and give these 3 impromptu HIIT workouts a go. They will help you work up a sweat, while measuring your cardiovascular intensity!

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.

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