Skip Nav
Beginner Fitness Tips
4 Things You Need to Know Before You Run Outside
Intermediate Workouts
A Total-Body Workout With Just 6 Moves
Healthy Recipes
32 Vegan Lunches You Can Take to Work

You Asked: I Only Have Time For One

You're asking and I'm answering...

Hey Fit! Sometimes I only have a little time to workout, so should I do weights or cardio?
- Crunched for time Cameron

You are definitely not the first person to inquire about this, so thanks for the great question. In reality you should always try and fit in both. Especially since cardio is good for your heart and strength training is good for your bones (among other things). However, if you only have a few minutes at the gym I'd say hit the weights. It's a lot harder to fit in a weight lifting session at the gym during a busy day, but you can always take a few ten minute walks. So if you know you're going to be skipping the cardio at the gym today, take the stairs, volunteer to give your husband a break from walking the dog or get off the bus a few stops earlier than you normally would. All these things will get your heart pumping a little bit faster and can be done anywhere.


almostloli almostloli 10 years
i take the stairs as often as i can too hahaha
FitBuffDotCom FitBuffDotCom 10 years
As Ley said, circuit training would be the perfect solution. Try this bodyweight circuit for the perfect combination of cardio and strength training. Do each exercise one after the other with no rest: 10 pushups 10 body weight squats 10 pullups (or as many as you can) 10 lunges 10 dips 10 crunches/situps Rest 1-3 minutes depending on your fitness level, then repeat the entire circuit 1-2 more times. As you become more advanced, you can use the same strategy with weight training. For example, swap pushups for bench presses, body weight squats for weighted squats, etc.
ley ley 10 years
If do weights, you can make incorporate cardio as well. By limiting your resting time and moving from the next workout with barely any rest - gets you winded. So its both a cardio workout and resistance. :D
Spectra Spectra 10 years
Good to know. On days when I don't have time for cardio, I try to walk my dog and do some weights just so I don't feel like a giant blob all day.
Ikandy Ikandy 10 years
My usual workout is about 30 mins cardio, 15 mins weights, 15 mins stretching, give or take. When I dont have the time, I stretch, jumping jacks mixed with kicks...and pushups, then I dont feel as guilty.
hottpink hottpink 10 years
I always feel that I should do cardio if I only have a small amount of time, I always thought it was better to do weight training on "little time" days, so now I will try to make the change from cardio to weights :)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 10 years
I usualyl hit the weights if I have time for only one thing. If I find some more time later on, I will go for a quick walk or try and take the stairs as often as I can instead.
From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds