Advertisement

Will I still be able to lose weight if I have a limited time to workout?

Wendy Batts
Fitness
Time is one of the most common reasons people cite as to why they cannot exercise. There is no such thing as too little time to work out. Losing weight is a matter of burning more calories and eating fewer calories. We can find all kinds of ways to burn more calories during daily life such as parking farther away from our destination or walking up the stairs instead of the escalator. Calorie burning need not always take the form of structured gym workouts. So, yes weight loss is totally possible even if your time is limited.

When it comes to scheduling workouts, take a good look at what time you have available. Chances are that you can put aside 20 minutes 3 times a week to start. If time is so limited that travel to and from a gym is out of the question, workout at home taking walks around the neighborhood and with some dumbbells or using your bodyweight for resistance training.
Any amount of exercise is going to be better than none at all. Three times a week is a good start for anyone and if that is all you have time for, you must make the most of that time. If you simply walked for 30 minutes a day, three times a week you will at some point hit a plateau, and you will not see any new fitness improvements and most likely no additional weight loss. This means you must take the 30 minutes and make them more productive to help increase your metabolism to aid in weight loss. The 30 minutes of cardio alone will not burn enough calories to keep you losing weight. You need to get your body to burn more calories after the workout. To do this, start by adding higher intensity exercises such as 30 second medium to high intensity intervals followed by 30 seconds of recovery, or lower intensity exercise. Repeat this circuit three to five times before going into a longer recovery period, which might mean walking at your normal pace for several minutes. Then repeat the circuit again, with 30 seconds high intensity exercise followed by just a 30 second rest. You can begin by doing this once a week while keeping your normal walking routine the other two days. After a few weeks you can try two interval days per week. For those that are working harder than just walking, you are on the right track but you will still hit a plateau eventually and will need to increase your metabolism. The circuit days will be beneficial to you as well. These circuits need to be at a higher intensity than your normal workouts in order to see the benefits. It might be 30 second sprints followed by a 30 second jog repeated six to eight times in a row and done several times a week. It is not the amount of time that is going to help with the weight loss, but rather the intensity that is the key.

Continue Learning about Exercise For Weight Loss

What Are Some Exercises I Can Do At Home to Help Me Lose Weight?
What Are Some Exercises I Can Do At Home to Help Me Lose Weight?
Should I Do Total-Body Exercises to Help Weight Loss?
Should I Do Total-Body Exercises to Help Weight Loss?
How Beneficial Is Exercise with a Partner?
How Beneficial Is Exercise with a Partner?
What Type of Exercise Equipment Would Be Good for Weight Loss?
What Type of Exercise Equipment Would Be Good for Weight Loss?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.