There are many reasons for wanting to maintain a good level of health and fitness. Many use it as a form of escapism, whether that be lifting weights in the gym, going for a run through the local park or perhaps a Sunday morning bike ride.

Whatever the activity, motivation is undoubtedly the key to remaining consistent and achieving results. However, the problem for many is fitting it in with their busy lifestyles. This usually revolves around commitments ranging from the morning school run, to working a full-time job. In turn, this leads to quickly falling off track.

January for instance often sees an influx of new members to gyms, many of whom wish to stick to the cliche ‘New year, new me’ – burning off the many extra calories inevitably consumed over the festive period. This in itself presents a problem for those who were perhaps hitting their fitness goals and wish to get into a healthy routine. At first, this can prove a huge obstacle to overcome – regaining their motivation after a couple of weeks of rest.

A good way for those leading a busy lifestyle to incorporate a health and fitness regime into their routine is to make use of HIIT training, which stands for High Intensity Interval Training.

Studies have shown that using this particular method has benefits similar to, or in some cases superior to steady state forms of exercise. This is because it creates something called an afterburn effect, where calories continue to be burned up to 24 hours after the exercise has been completed.

For example, short bursts of exercise of 20 seconds at 100 percent effort followed by a rest/recovery period of around 2 minutes repeated a handful of times can offer a quick and effective way for busy people to achieve great results with minimal time spent in the gym.

Many programs that follow this method are easily accessible via online platforms such as YouTube, or even with a simple Google search. With as little as 10 minutes of exercise per day needed to be performed, this remains a popular option and many of these exercise programmes do not require any equipment whatsoever. So in that case, the need for a gym membership needn’t be an issue. It is an easy way to send you well on your way to achieve a healthy, active lifestyle that many now desire.

Whether you’re just starting out in the world of health and fitness, or wishing to get back on track after losing motivation for whatever reason that may be, just remember no one is there to judge you (if they do, then they’re simply not worth your time, or anyone else’s for that matter.

It may seem daunting at first, but even the most experienced individual in the gym had to start somewhere. Without said motivation, they would not have achieved the results that they have today.

Training alone may not get you the body of your dreams, since a healthy, balanced diet remains key to achieving this. However, when combined, they certainly go hand in hand.