When it comes to exercise a lot of us think that more is better…..We have these big goals and aspirations that if we are going to start a workout program we need to have a lot of time to give to this….the all or nothing theory. You say to yourself, if I don’t have time to workout 1-2 hours a day, 6-7 days a week then its not worth it. This could not be further from the truth. When it comes to calorie burning during exercise, research shows that shorter, high intense workouts burn more calories than longer, lower intense aerobic workouts. Here are a few of the many benefits of shorter workouts:
1. The less time you spend in the gym, the more energy you have after your workouts, the more time you have to spend on work, family, friends.
2. The shorter time you spend working out, the less time you have to talk and mess around during your workouts. You have less time to lose interest in what you are doing.
3. There is no time to lose intensity. The longer the workout, the easier it is to not listen to your body and get lazy in your workouts and lose blood flow to the muscles.
4. Better ROI: with short intense workouts the return on your investment is better than slow, low intensity exercise. You make better gains in terms of your fitness and physiological health.
5. You end on a workout high.
6. You burn more fat (after you are done working out).
7. You boost your lung capacity due to the intensity of the high reps and sets.
8. You experience fewer injuries!!!
So, the next time you are worried that you are not spending enough time in the gym, remember that quicker, more intense, focused workouts are the way to go!! And what really counts is to be consistent in whatever activity you choose to do. Make your goal 3-4 days a week of 45-60 minutes of combined cardio and strength training.