Why Short Workouts Are More Beneficial Than Long
One thing that strays many people away from going to the gym or exercising in general, is the amount of time it can take out of your day. For people that have 9-5 jobs and have children or other priorities, it is very hard to find time for yourself. Many people forego exercise altogether because of the time commitment. But what if you didn’t need to commit to an hour-long workout, or even a half-hour long workout?
Research shows that shorter, faster workouts done more frequently can provide the same results that longer, slower workouts do.
Keep reading on for some of the benefits of shorter workouts.
First and foremost, saving time is the most significant benefit of working out for a shorter period of time. If you go to the gym three times a week for a half-hour session, that comes out to be two hours a week. By working out a little bit every day, you can easily achieve the same duration. In fact, if you work out for just 15 minutes a day, all days of the week, you’ll end up spending more time altogether on your workouts, just divided up each day.
Next, with shorter workouts, you don’t need to set up as much, you don’t need to warm up as much, and you don’t need to plan as much. This goes hand-in-hand with saving time, the main reason people stray away from exercise in general.
It’s Easier to Accomplish Than You Think
In the real world, we all have small openings of time everyday, and what we choose to do with them adds up. Recall any moment you spend checking social media or watching Netflix. Instead of spending your free time doing these activities, you can squeeze in a quick workout during those moments. This could be anywhere from a quick 10 minute run or bike ride around the block, or a few reps of strength training exercises. The benefit here is that you don’t have to account for the commute to the gym or meeting a fitness coach, it’s all on your time and you can do as little (or as much) as you want.
Consistency is truly key! Exercise produces endorphins that make you feel good. More frequent regular exercise means you get to enjoy those endorphins more often, and it will be easier for you to develop a habit of exercise. You will eventually want to squeeze a workout in because it makes you feel good.
Many studies say that short workouts can be just as effective, if not more, than longer. It can help prolong your lifespan, reduce your risk of chronic disease, and if you increase intensity, you’ll burn more fat. It improves your mood and anxiety and depression symptoms, and boosts your metabolism. Need I say more?
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