By Victoria Hoff. This articlewas published on 19 September 2016 on The Age.
Let’s be clear about one thing: In order to change your body, you do have to try a little. That being said, you also don’t need to spend hours on the treadmill to get in great shape. You don’t have to kiss your social life goodbye, or even designate an hour per day to get your gym fix in order to see results. And perhaps most significantly, you don’t have to spend a lot of money. You actually don’t need to spend any at all.
As busy people, we’re constantly on the hunt for ways to break a sweat without breaking the bank. And as we’ve put some of these strategies into practice, we’ve found that some work better than others.
1. Walk everywhere
Not only is it better for the environment to give your car a break, but it also works wonders for your waistline (and mind). Plus, it feels leisurely, and it’s free.
2. Stream workouts from your living room
Not only is it incredibly convenient, but they also tend to cost way less than a gym membership (and offer tons of options). Check YouTube for a never-ending list of options.
3. Is time of the essence?
Then consider Tabata or HIIT, which require you to go all out for just 10 to 20 minutes, but get rid of fat and calories even after you’re done.
4. Vacuum your abs
Not literally, please. Ab-vacuuming, which basically involves sucking in your stomach whenever you can remember to do so, went viral last summer as the new hands-off tummy-toning workout to try.
5. Bodyweight workout
No equipment? No problem. Do it in your hotel room when you’re on the go.
6. Invest in equipment that you can take anywhere.
Better yet, choose something that will give you a full-body workout in a flash, like a jumprope. Not good at skipping rope? Jumping jacks work, too.
7. Focus on quality, not quantity
Exhibit A: Push-ups can give you toned arms in just two weeks.
8. Prioritise mind over body
Getting toned abs in as little time as possible sounds appealing – we get it. But we’ve found that when we choose a workout that fuels our mind and allows us to go to a happy, meditative place, the physical stuff falls right in line. (We’re also that much more motivated to stick with it.)