With increasing demands on our time, our gym time, pool time, or ride time suffers. And while some fitness stalwarts are able to adapt their schedules to still get in that all important workout, there are those who adopt the ‘all or nothing approach,” choosing to forego ANY workout if they can’t get their intended hour of gym time, or 8 mile run, or 20 mi ride in.
For example, I recently learned of the husband of a client, who really needs to get back into shape. A former athlete, he didn’t feel like the ‘time was right’ for him to start working out again because he “couldn’t give it 100%.” While the desire to give everything you have to an exercise routine is noble, at times it’s simply not practical.
If we adopt the “100%” rule 100% of the time, there may not be much exercise going on. Adapting a more measured approach can help us bridge the gap between doing nothing and going all out. That measured approach starts by remembering that something is better than nothing.
I’m not saying that all workouts should be replaced with abbreviated ones; to see results we all have to put in the time. Yet shorter workouts have some particular advantages when time is short. Here’s three reasons ‘something is better than nothing’ when it comes to fitness:
So, the next time time gets away from you, sharpen your focus, up the intensity, or simply just do what you can in the time you have. You’ll work up a good sweat AND check your fitness box for the day- both of which make you feel like you’ve accomplished something… which is always better than nothing!