Are you dragging? Stressed about the day and everything you need to fit in? Can’t keep your eyes open for your meetings today? Get in a workout!
I am continuously awestruck at the power of a workout. I am often at my lowest – stressed, tired, and overwhelmed – and one workout completely revitalizes me. You would think working out would make you more tired but don’t underestimate the power of endorphins – natures foundation of youth. If you are dragging, get that workout in. You will rarely regret it.
We all get in a jam when getting in the planned workout for the day just simply is not possible. When this happens, you have two choices: abandon the workout completely or get in something even if shorter than originally planned. Yes, it might not be ideal, but something is better than nothing and gains can still be made in as little as 15 minutes. This short period of time has the potential to change your day.
If crunched for time, emphasize quality (intensity) over quantity (volume) unless it is supposed to be a recovery day. Look for a sustained tempo or threshold set with little to no rest over higher intensity intervals where time will be wasted with recovery between reps. If flexible on modality, choose running over swimming or cycling which require drive-time and equipment. Running also requires a higher heart rate due to its load bearing nature and more total body utilization.
Don’t let your tight schedule rob you of your entire workout. Use these tips to still get in something valuable.