11 Time-crunched Tips

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - GEAR -


Sched­ule shorter, fo­cused train­ing ses­sions dur­ing the work­week. Ex­er­cise first thing in the morn­ing to dra­mat­i­cally in­crease the odds of get­ting ses­sions done.

If you can’t find 45 to 60 min­utes of train­ing time dur­ing your day, break it up into 20- to 30-minute seg­ments. Split work­outs can be as ef­fec­tive as con­tin­u­ous work­outs.

Look for gyms, parks or pools near work to sneak out for a quick noon-hour ses­sion. Pack a lunch to save restau­rant time.

Com­mut­ing to, and from, work is a great way to ef­fi­ciently get in your train­ing. Take the long way to work when you need an en­durance ride and leave late when you want a fast ride.

If you travel, choose a ho­tel with good train­ing fa­cil­i­ties (or some nearby).

For busy par­ents, try join­ing a pool or com­mu­nity cen­tre that has a day­care cen­tre. Plan work­outs for the start of the day, be­fore the fam­ily gets up – it’s a sure way to get them in. If your kids are lit­tle, sneak in a work­out while they nap.

Share morn­ing rou­tines with your part­ner and al­ter­nate work­out days with get­ting-kids-ready-for-school days.

In­vest in some in­door equip­ment, such as a bike trainer or tread­mill.

Rather than sit and watch the en­tire soccer or hockey prac­tice, run and stretch, or train for half the prac­tice, then watch the other half.

Have a train­ing cal­en­dar with a plan to make it eas­ier to pro­gram your over­all week and fit ev­ery­thing in.

A coach who plans train­ing for your busy sched­ule helps make the time you do have far more ef­fec­tive and tar­geted.

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