In the crazy scheme of life, having more time is something we all battle. There is not enough time in the day, too many things going on at once, places to be, kids to drop off and pick up, work to complete, and let us not forget the time we need to spend with loved ones. The list goes on and on and fitness is one of the things that often tends to fall by the wayside. But, it doesn’t have to be. A fitness routine can be 10-15 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour, or however long you have available.You can be at home, work, waiting on kids.

It doesn’t matter. There is a workout out there that can fit any schedule. No way, you say? Here are some examples:

  • 10-15 minutes — Do two minute-long sets each of jumping jacks, burpees, sit-ups, push-ups, and bodyweight squats.
  • 10-15 minutes/30 minutes — Walk/run, get your entire body involved, and clear your head in the process.
  • 60 minutes — Split the hour in half and devote 30 minutes to resistance training and 30 minutes on cardio, like walking/running or anything cardiovascular.

All of these bullet points will help achieve physical health goals, but the benefit to a person’s mental health is often overlooked. These workouts can also:

  • Improved mood
  • Increased energy
  • Increased dopamine release in the brain
  • Decreased need for medication

Making time for fitness is a gift to give yourself and the ones that surround you. It’s not about being the best, it’s about being better than you were yesterday.

Matt Chinn, Downtown Fitness
525 E. McCarty St., JCMO (573) 619-1160 |