image I know you are busy. Your colleagues are watching. Your clients are demanding, and you demand the best from yourself. I understand that it is hard to find time to exercise and invest in your own fitness. For many people, it is lucky to make it into the Top 10 of your daily "to do" list.

All I ask is that you dedicate a few minutes a day to your own health. Less then 10 is not worth the bother. Fifteen or more feels like too much time. So, give me 12 minutes. Try one of the following when you feel like you just can’t fit a workout in:

  • Run on a treadmill for 12 minutes. Warm up for two minutes and then start a moderate pace on a zero incline. Raise the incline every minute by one-half of a degree until you hit 12 minutes and try to maintain the same pace.
  • Pick one exercise for the following body parts (in this order): quadriceps, hamstrings, chest, back, triceps, biceps, abs. Now, perform 10 repetitions for each exercise, one right after each other, with no more than 15 seconds rest. Repeat one time.
  • Take your jump rope and complete the following circuit: 50 jumps, 10 pushups, 50 jumps, 10 crunches, 50 jumps, 10 lunges. Repeat this until the 12 minutes is up.

You are not going to win the Tour de France or give Michael Phelps a run for his money with these 12 minute routines. However, they will help you maintain your gains on busy days. Get creative and devise your own mix of exercises. All it takes 12 minutes, high intensity and the discipline to be consistent about it.