One of our Physique 57 Facebook users reached out to us recently with a great question — “What encompasses a short but effective workout for busy working moms.” We hear you. When you have a million things on your plate, working out becomes a luxury you think you can’t afford. If you’re not busy at the job, you’re with the kids and carting them from one activity to the next.

The first thing you need to understand is that you are worth the time. If you’ve chosen to get motivated and exercise regularly, we applaud you. This is a decision that will give you positive results, physically, mentally and emotionally.

But next comes the dilemma — how do I find the time? Workouts don’t have to take a huge chunk of your busy day to be effective. Here, we will discuss the important things you should include in your brief workout routine. Although short, these key elements will make your workout oh so sweet.

Keys to a Short but Successful Workout

Whether you create your own fitness routine or you join a community like Physique 57 to inspire and empower you, your exercise plan needs to include a few key elements — cardio, strength and flexibility. You don’t have to incorporate all of these into every fitness session. However, you should factor them into your regular weekly routine.

These elements promote a fit physique and allow you to incorporate an effective fitness routine into your regular lifestyle — and the great thing is that they can empower anyone, from newbies who haven’t worked out since high school to exercise fanatics. So, one by one, here are the elements that will help you create a balanced workout routine:

Cardio

Cardio is the cornerstone of any great fitness training routine. When you run, swim or cycle, these exercises cause you to breathe faster and more deeply, allowing your blood to receive more oxygen. Your heart will beat faster, increasing blood flow to your muscles and lungs. Cardio is pretty awesome because over time, your stamina will grow, and you’ll be able to do more than you ever thought possible. Plus, there are tons of fun cardio workouts you can incorporate into your workout routine, such as:

  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Dancing
  • Water aerobics
  • Swimming
  • High-intensity interval training
  • And more — the sky’s the limit

Strength

Muscular fitness is essential to any short workout. It’s not just about bulking up. These exercises tone your muscles and increase your bone strength. When you focus on all your major muscle groups, it gives you tons of advantages. You’ll find yourself having:

  • Increased muscular endurance
  • Toned muscles with better definition
  • Improved ability to do everyday activities

Plus, strength training helps you manage and lose weight. Most people associate these types of workout with weight training at the gym, but it can be done anywhere, even in the comfort of your own home — think hand-held weights, pushups, pull-ups, crunches, squats and more.

Flexibility

This is the step that most people skip when they’re in a rush, but an effective exercise routine should include some flexibility exercises or stretching. When you exercise, your muscles continually contract and relax, which can lead to shortening of the muscles. Shortened muscles and poor flexibility are a leading cause of exercise-related injuries.

Flexibility exercises also have tons of positives for your overall health like increased range of motion for muscles and joints, better posture and even stress relief. It’s best to stretch after you exercise because your muscles will be warm and receptive to these movements. But you can also participate in flexibility classes like yoga and Pilates.

Try The Well-Rounded Workouts at Physique 57

With studio locations around the world, you’ll love the motivation and inspiration we supply at Physique 57. Even if you can’t come to the studio, our fun and effective online classes can be streamed On-Demand, the perfect option for busy moms trying to sneak in a workout. Stream your free trial class today or book one on our website to see how Physique 57can revolutionize your life.