Real-life time-saving workout tips

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Only have an hour to squeeze a workout in? Try these tips when you’re limited on time.

Health and fitness blogger Dannii from Healthy Hungry Happy offers her tops tips for squeezing a workout into an hour.

If you have an hour – walk with a timer

Going outdoors into the fresh air will make you feel energised. A lunchtime walk means you won’t get that afternoon energy slump, too.

Set the timer on your phone for the hour and walk as far as you can in that time (well, half way, as you have to walk back, too). Using a timer will feel like a challenge in itself. Really push yourself to make the most of the walk and try and get as many steps into those 60 minutes as possible.

If you have 45 minutes – power walk

Walk at a normal pace for five minutes, speed-walk for another five and repeat that for 30 minutes – you’ll feel great by the end. Use the timer to keep to your schedule.

If you have 20 minutes – Try High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

HIIT is my go-to workout, especially when I’m short on time. I do five different moves – running on the spot, burpees, squats, lunges and push-ups.

I do each move for one minute with a 30-second rest between and find the session really effective. It feels like you’ve done a much longer workout than 20 minutes!

Post-exercise tips

How to cool down after exercise

Run a lukewarm shower instead of a hot one, as this will also help you to cool down quicker. Use a citrus shower gel as it will make you feel really refreshed after a workout.

I usually drink a cold glass of water with a slice of lemon in after exercising. It’s really refreshing, cools you down and rehydrates you.

Eat a balanced meal afterwards

I recommend eating a chicken salad with couscous after a workout. Its high-water content will help to rehydrate, and it’s also packed with protein. I also snack on fruit and unsalted nuts to keep my energy levels up for the rest of the day.

Check out these quick and healthy recipes on Tesco Real Food for more inspiration.

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