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Time Saving Tips for Busy People Posted 30th October 2016 at 15:30

Many of us are just too busy to workout but the truth is, making time for your health and fitness will always pay off, so here's some tips from our team to help you keep on track when time is short.

1. Exercise Before Work

The idea of getting up early to go to the gym is much worse than the reality. It will take a bit of getting used to but it's not so bad. By leaving early you’ll miss the traffic and the gym will be quieter so you don’t have to wait to use your favourite bit of kit and when your session is done, after a nice warm shower, you will be ready to tackle the day head on.

2. Plan Your Workouts

Time can be saved by planning what exercises you’re going to do in advance. An effective way to do this is to create your own circuit using compound exercises such as squats and burpees and complete it as many times as possible in 30 minutes - work with as few rest periods as feels comfortable.

3. Join a Class

A 30 minute high intensity interval training (HIIT) class can often be all you need. If your goal is to get fit and drop a few pounds then you need to be burning calories and challenging energy systems. Doing two or three HIIT sessions a week will help build your cardio fitness and get you in tip top shape in no time. 4. Leave Your Phone in the Locker It’s easy to get distracted by social alerts, texts, calls or even just shuffling music. If you want to save some time, try leaving your phone in the changing room. Plug your headphones into the gym's entertainment system or just listen to the music playing from the speakers.

4. Get Organised

The Night Before One of Sian's top tips from when she used to teach early spin classes is to lay your gym kit out ready, sometimes even wear part of it and prepare your bag the night before so you can just jump up, finish of getting dressed and go. Also make sure you only pack the basics to ensure you don’t waste time searching around in your bag for your headphones or water bottle. Less is more.

5. Prepare Breakfast in Advance

When you have little time it can be tempting to skip some key elements of your gym routine. One of those being post workout nutrition which is vital. Your post-workout drink can also double up as breakfast says OnPoint Director Jay. "Make a smoothie with berries, oats, yogurt, almond milk, nuts and seeds the night before so you can whip it out of the fridge before you head to the gym. This is ideal if you have to go straight to work after your session".

We have a range of classes that take place before work, after work and at the weekends as well as shorter lunch time sessions. For more information, please visit our services page.