Not having the time to hit the gym is an excuse, at best. As the young corporate man gets busier by the day, the first activity that goes out of the window is working out. But excuses don't make a fit body, and if you've been planning to do something about that bulging belly, it is time to get up and going.
If a gym isn't handy at all times, how about an exercise routine that you can follow in your own room without any equipment whatsoever? As fitness icon and model-turned-actor Rahul Dev puts it, you need conviction more than anything else to keep fit. He prescribes a routine that doesn't require more than 45 minutes of your time every day.
WARM-UP (15 MINUTES)
Getting a good warm-up is essential - it helps prepare your muscles for the workout, prevents injuries, lays the foundation for your routine, gets your heart rate up, and helps increase the blood flow in your body. A good warm-up should ideally constitute 20-25% of your total workout time, and include static as well as dynamic stretching along with basic cardiovascular exercises.
Once you've become hot and sweaty, it's time to hit the ground, literally, and challenge your muscles. Contrary to popular belief, it isn't just cardio that burns calories; even strength training moves are supremely effective for shedding pounds and getting leaner. A good workout is one that emphasizes on both aerobic and anaerobic exercises - cardio, being aerobic, only works on the heart and lungs, and you need strength moves to work on your muscles, joints and everything else.
The exercises given here target more than one muscle group and you can use your own body weight to get the desired results.
After an intensive workout routine, it is important to lower your body heat gradually to avoid muscle fatigue and soreness. Cooling down also helps avoid injuries as it soothes all the tired muscle groups. You can do this by gently stretching all the major muscles involved. Lying down for a minute in the Shavasana position may also be a good idea.