Every so often I come upon an article that mentions something about “people today being busier than ever” and how challenging it is for them to find time to exercise.

I immediately picture women a few generations ago spending a lot of time outside clipping freshly-washed clothes to a line to dry.

I then picture the “busy” woman today tossing all the clothes in a drier, then taking 10 seconds to set the machine and turn it on.

If people today are “time-starved,” then what were they before the invention of today’s time-saving electronic and “smart” devices?

People Today Are No More Time-Starved for Exercise than They Were Decades Ago

With just about everything being done with the push of a button, people have more time than ever, not less!

We have more time than ever “today” to stick to an exercise regimen. Lack of time is not a valid excuse for avoiding an exercise commitment.

What about people who truly are up to their neck in busyness?

Even the very busy people out there can find time to stick to exercise by incorporating a fabulous technique called high intensity interval training (HIIT).

A 20-minute HIIT session will whip your butt. Twenty minutes. Everyone has 20 minutes.

How to Prove You Have 20 Minutes if You Think You’re Too Busy

If you don’t think you can spare 20 minutes twice a week for HIIT, ask yourself how easy it would be to find 20 minutes to count a stack of $50 bills — if you knew that if you correctly counted a five-foot-high stack every day, you’d get to keep the money.

Hmmm, you’d have absolutely no trouble finding a spare 20 minutes every day to carry out this task.

That’s because all that money is very important to you.

If you place a high premium on the health and fitness of your body, the time to do it will seep out of the woodwork.

Burst Training

This consists of one-minute, high intensity bursts of cardio-based activity scattered throughout the day, up to 8-12 times.

  • Squat jumps
  • Lunge jumps
  • Jump rope
  • Box jumps
  • Burpees
  • Stair dashing
  • Mountain climbers
  • Bodyweight squats
  • Fast running (treadmill or your yard)

Strength Training

Twenty minutes spent wisely training with weights will go a long way in terms of firing up one’s metabolism, increasing strength, improving fitness and improving one’s physical appearance.

If you’re truly, truly too busy to devote more than 20 minutes to strength training, then you should do exercises that yield the biggest bang for their buck:

  • Deadlift
  • Squat
  • Chest press (barbell or dumbbells)
  • Seated row or lat pull-down
  • Leg press






When exercise becomes important enough, even the busiest person will find time to do it.

You can lock all the doors in your house while sitting in a chair. Nobody is truly too busy to exercise.

Lorra Garrick is a former personal trainer certified through the American Council on Exercise. At Bally Total Fitness she trained women and men of all ages for fat loss, muscle building and fitness.