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Design Your Workout to Fit Your Lifestyle

Updated on February 15, 2013
getting ripped is up to you
getting ripped is up to you

Too busy to work out?

You have a busy work schedule so you often do not have time to work out. You are a student and have long draining days at school. You have too many activities lined up in your day and can’t find time to work out. Whatever your situation is there is always a solution for you, that is if you really want to get fit and stay fit.

Making Time to Work Out

First it’s never a question of whether there is time for a workout or not during your day, it’s always a question of whether you are prepared to make time or not. If you really want to get in shape you make time because working out is a good thing, if you perceive it as a good thing that makes it so much easier to find time to do it. If you are one of those people who say they don’t have time to work out and yet spend several hours a day just chilling and listening to music or watching TV, then you simply do not want to get fit. If you think watching TV after a long days work is relaxing, you are missing out because working out is a better stress reliever than spending your time sitting down for hours while you are probably gobbling down junk food and consuming beer which all contribute to making you fat.

Now that that’s out of my chest let us explore the various options you have to design your workouts so they fit into your lifestyle.

A little workout every day is better than no workout. So you will benefit from doing just 10 to 15 minutes of exercise everyday than if you do not spend any time at all exercising.

  • The first option you have if you find joining a gym difficult to do, because you can’t afford a gym membership, or the gym is not in close proximity is to workout at home using body weight exercises. It would be advantageous if you could buy a pair of dumbbells and a pull up bar so you get more out of working out at home. With body weight training you could take many different approaches, I will explain a few approaches to you. The first approach is combining your workouts to form a whole body home workout, for example doing squats, push ups, sit ups, pull ups, lunges, and dips and so on, all in a single workout. It is up to you how much time you spend doing the whole body workout.
  • The other variation is to train one body part per day for a short intense workout, doing a leg day with squats, box jumps, lunges, wall sits, calf raises for about 10- 15 minutes, with jump rope mixed in there is an example of how a day could be for you. If you trained a different body part each day for 5 days and had 2 rest days you would be in top shape even if you worked out for only 15 minutes a day for 5 days, which is just 75 minutes of your whole week.
  • The third option is working out a couple of muscle groups per workout and working out maybe 3 times a week. You could for example do upper body on one day, legs on another and do abs and cardio on the other workout day.

"The worst thing I could be, is the same as everybody else. i'd hate that." ~ Arnold
"The worst thing I could be, is the same as everybody else. i'd hate that." ~ Arnold

Working out with weights, try using a workout split that suits your lifestyle

  • When it comes to working out with weight you could have workout splits that work well with your lifestyle. If you are a beginner you could have a whole body compound exercise based workout in which you only workout for 3 days a week. Whole body workouts are taxing to the body that is why you only do them 3 times per week and also so that you have some recovery time. It is also so that you make gains in muscle, but soon when you are stronger and can lift heavier and the intensity rises, you have to change your workout because frankly a whole body workout that not give adequate time to recover if you have really pushed your limits and it does not allow you the opportunity to really concentrate on a particular muscle group.
  • A 2 day workout split is a workout split in which you break down you workouts to fit into two days, by splitting your body parts by two, the first one to come to mind would be an upper body and lower body day but that is probably not wise as on the one day you would only do legs whereas on the other day you would have to fit in back, arms, chest, abs, shoulders which is not preferable. It is better just to split thing like putting maybe your chest, shoulders and triceps together and on the other workout day placing legs, back, biceps together. You could always do abs on rest days. This split is best done by having a number of days between the workouts days.
  • The third option is to have a 4 day workout split. You could put back and biceps together on day 1. Train your chest and triceps on day 2. Back on day 3 and legs and some abs on day 4. This is just an example of the kind of split you could do.
  • If you have more time, you could always try the one body-part per day split.

See whether you have a lot of time or very little time with a little workout design you could make a workout plan that fits your lifestyle. No more excuses people!

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