Trainer promotes two minute workout

Last updated 17:58 06/10/2013
Michelle Bridges
Fairfax Australia
MICHELLE BRIDGES: 'As long as we think of exercise as a set series of activities over a set time, we're going to struggle.'

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If the popular press is to be believed, I run an empire. This puts me in the same company as Julius Caesar and Rupert Murdoch, which is why I could be forgiven for being mildly cynical (although appropriately flattered) about the description. Mind you, if running an empire equates to being really, really busy – I mean stupid, off-your-head, frantic, fall-down busy – then maybe I do.

Really, though, I don't think I'm any busier than most of us these days. The downside in my case is that I have to spend a lot of my time in full make-up, smiling at cameras and Being Michelle Bridges, which can be exhausting. But am I busier than a mother of three dashing to pick up the kids from daycare while answering emails from her iPhone? Nup.

Busy women need to have a particular approach to working out because as long as we think of exercise as a set series of activities over a set period of time, we're going to struggle.

If your training session has to be 45 minutes on a cross trainer, you're going to skip a lot of workouts because you won't always have 45 minutes. Or a cross trainer. If your workout is the 6.30am body pump class, guess what? You're going to miss out on the consistency that gives you results because sometimes you'll sleep in.

So here's a workout for you to do right now. Jog on the spot for one minute, then do 10 star jumps. Then do four tuck jumps with a double bounce on your toes in between each one, followed by 10 air squats and then 10 mountain climbers. (Google these if you're not sure what they are.)

You're puffing, right? And your heart rate is elevated and that took less than two minutes, including the warm-up, and used absolutely no equipment. Are you getting where I'm headed with this?

Being able to design a personalised workout that isn't constrained by time, location or equipment means you'll be consistent, and you'll get results. So if you've actually only got 10 minutes to spare to train, that's fine. Train for 10 minutes. Not only do you get in 10 minutes of activity that you ordinarily wouldn't have, you also develop an attitude to regular activity that isn't determined by how much time you have, or what equipment is available.

Michelle's tip
Check out bodyweight exercises on the internet and build a library of exercises that suit you and how much time you have.

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