How To Maximize Your Gym Time

african american woman doing crunches in the gym( — Finding time to break a sweat at the gym can be hard with a busy work schedule and a full social calendar. But studies show that all it takes is 30 minutes of exercise five days a week to lower your risk for diabetes and heart disease and lengthen your lifespan. With the right planning, you can create a quick and effective workout — and reach your fitness goals in that half-hour.

Make An Exercise Plan

If you want to use your time at the gym effectively, you need to go in with a plan. Your gym workouts should include about 30 minutes of aerobic exercise five days a week and some strength training about two days a week. How you put the time together is important. Get some help at the beginning from an exercise specialist so you don’t end up wasting time in the gym.

Find The Right Gym

You need to pick a gym or fitness facility that meets your needs, or chances are, you’ll eventually stop going and will have wasted your time and money. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends selecting a gym that has exercise programs you are interested in such as yoga or kickboxing, qualified instructors, and programs appropriate to your age group. Your gym should also be convenient to get to and offer flexible classes that work with your schedule.