A fitness routine for the time poor



In a world where our attention and energy are constantly being pulled in multiple directions, it is easy to forego exercise and healthy habits. However, neglecting healthy foods and regular activity poses a massive threat to our wellbeing long term.

Personal trainer Nick Scott says that even the busiest of professionals can achieve fantastic fitness and health goals, if they adopt the right training habits. According to Nick, the best way to maximise your time to build better physical and general health is to undertake high intensity interval training (HIIT). This may sound quite advanced or intense however; it is accessible to even the most novice fitness trainer.

“If you do a real gut-busting HIIT session for 20 minutes, you’ll feel like you’ve been exercising for an hour, an hour and a half even,” Nick claims.

An anaerobic form of exercise, HIIT is bang for your buck. The harder your body has to work, the harder your heart has to work and the more your metabolism lifts, which is where your body will see the most significant results.

It’s important to balance HIIT with aerobic exercises, such as jogging, swimming and walking, as well as fuel your body with healthy foods and proteins.

People often struggle to stay motivated with high intensity interval training, but the key to achieving good results is to form good habits. Make 2019 your year to transform and incorporate HIIT workouts into your day. After all, who doesn’t have 20 minutes in a day!

Nick has provided us with a workout routine that you can do on your own in 20 minutes. 

Launching straight into complicated routines can lead to injury if you don’t have the technique and basic strength to back them up.  Start with these foundations exercises to build core strength and teach your body how to move properly before moving onto higher intensity interval training. They’re also perfect for people who spend most of the day at a desk and struggle with posture.

Repeat the routine 2 to 3 times with minimal rest between sets.



Information provided in this article is not medical advice and you should consult with your healthcare practitioner. Australian Unity accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of any of the opinions, advice, representations or information contained in this publication. Readers should rely on their own advice and enquiries in making decisions affecting their own health, wellbeing or interest.