October 2016.

I’ve got 30 minutes a day to exercise at home. What should I do?

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There are a lot of trainers around telling us if we do certain amounts of exercise in a short amount of time for a period of months, we’ll have cut abs and impressive glutes. The reality is everybody is different, we all have different goals, and there’s no one-size-fits-all policy for success because all of us are physically different.

Having said that, we can build a plan to maximise those 30 minutes. The first step is to figure out what it is we want to achieve and work from there. So, do we have bad posture? In which case, 30 minutes of yoga might be our best bet. Do we want tone and strength? Plyrometrics (jump training) or weights could work for us. A five-a-side footballer might want to work on a HIIT (high intensity interval training) programme to match the intensity of his game.

Once that’s done, it’s important to chat to an expert and work out a plan for yourself. Personal trainers might seem expensive to some people, but booking one for an hour and explaining to them that you want to build a home workout routine can reap rewards. You’ll have a programme to refer back to whenever you step into that 30 minute window. The alternative is to refer to YouTube. We live in a golden age for exercise where the world’s best trainers are delivering training sessions online. Do your research. Figure out your goals and find a trainer that operates in that area.

Once you’ve committed to the exercise, go for it, but avoid the trap of being seduced by the promise of rippling biceps and a stacked chest. The reality is that all of us are unique and we’ll change at different rates. Elsewhere, it’s important to be comfortable with our age. Someone who’s 21 is going to see results quicker than someone in their 40s, likewise they’ll recover more quickly. The most important thing is to spend that time investing in being the best version of you.

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