Quick workout tips for on-the-go folks

By Britney Glaser - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - If you feel like you have absolutely no time to spare for a workout routine, pay special attention to this Healthcast!  7News finds out how to make even 15 minutes count when it comes to exercising each day.

With two young sons and a demanding job, 37-year-old Katy Labauve is a busy lady.  "I'm a single mom and I travel a lot for work," says Katy.

For the past ten months, Katy has been making a conscious effort to get healthier and stronger - even if she only has a few minutes a day.  "You can do push-ups against a wall, you can do crunches, sit-ups, you can do lunges, walking lunges, squats," she says.

Graywood Sports Club Fitness Director, Laura Dougherty says for on-the-go folks, circuit training is a great way to maximize the amount of calories you can burn.  "Do some kind of interval or circuit training, where you're sticking with five to eight exercises," says Laura, "one minute at a time with moderate weight."

Katy spends a lot of time on the road for work, but Laura says this shouldn't be an excuse for working out.  "Rubber tubing, you can easily pack in your suitcase," says Laura, "and I also use something called a TRX suspension trainer. It comes with a door attachment, so you can take it with you anywhere and do any kind of weight-bearing activity."

Steady, repetitive movements for a few minutes a day can help you tone up without leaving your room or office.  So whether you have 15 minutes or an hour and 15 minutes, make time to exercise - you'll feel better in the long run!  "I feel so much healthier, I have so much more energy," says Katy.

*The popular "Get it Together, Girl" series from Cameron State Bank returns this Thursday for lake area ladies and Laura will be on hand to talk more about making fitness part of your daily routine. There will also be experts in the areas of finance and hair styling.  It's free, but you must pre-register. Call 312-7731 to get your seat.

*If you have a fitness question for Laura, you can get it answered by clicking here.