Shorter Workouts – Easier to Stick To For the Long Run:
Many experts suggest that you get “up to” 90 minutes of exercise most days of the week. (Personally my trainer recommends a 10-15 minute strength training session followed by 30 minutes of cardio with 2 days off.) But working your way up to the ballpark and fitting in regular, consistent activity can seem like climbing Mt. Everest on your first time out. Factor in those minor disctractions like family, work, and other commitments and it can be very easy to try, try, and finally give up.
Good news – there is an alternative: shorter workouts! A recent study conducted at Boston Sports Clubs found that participants who exercised for 20-30 minutes did so more consistently than those involved in 45-60 minute workout sessions. By working out for a shorter time, it’s much easier to fit it into your schedule and stick to it.
If that 60-90 minutes is completely unrealistic to fit into your busy schedule, cut the time! Even doing some exercise for 10 to 15 minutes and following through successfully may be enough to get you out of the car and into the gym. And if you’re like me, the time will fly by and you’ll accomplish more than you originally planned.
Treat your shorter workout just like you would a longer one. Take 1-2 minutes to warm up and get the muscles ready, including stretching. Then do 7-10 minutes of exercise at a medium to challenging intensity. Finish up with a minute to cool down and a bit of stretching. Grab a good drink of water, use the anti-bac stuff on your hands, and you’re out the door. Work out accomplished!