Truth about 10-minute workouts
The latest trends in fitness are leaning toward the ‘shorter is better’ philosophy…but do dramatically shortened workouts really get the job done?
No one can deny that the days of spending hours running, biking or doing any other number of slow, cardio-based exercise sessions (Jazzercise anyone?) are long gone. We simply don’t have the time, and have come to realize that these long, drawn out workout sessions don’t give us the best return on our time investment.
But how much of this desire for short, efficient workouts stems from shortened attention spans or just plain laziness? Is there true science behind the claims that 10 minute workouts deliver results?
In fact, there is a slew of new research that points to the true benefits of short, intense bursts of exercise.
This is great news for all of us with hectic schedules, especially during these crazy holiday months. Short, intense workouts are manageable and even enjoyable.
Here are the top 3 reasons that 10-minute workouts are worth your time…
1 It Burns Fat
Multiple studies have proven the effectiveness of both Tabata and HIIT exercise sessions. These techniques take short bursts of activity and create a heart-pounding workout in 10 minutes or less. The key to making these workouts as effective as possible is to crank up your intensity to the max.
2 It Makes You Happy
We all know that exercise releases endorphins, which makes us feel oh-so-good in the aftermath of a great workout. But don’t fret if you only have 10 minutes to exercise, studies have shown that an intense 10-minute burst of exercise is enough to get those feel-good juices flowing.
3 It Protects Your Heart
According to researchers in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, people who get just 7 minutes of intense exercise each day are 45 percent less likely to die from heart disease. It’s also worth noting that people who maintained their exercise routine for six years or longer saw the greatest benefit.
I hope that I’ve convinced you of the value of an intense, 10-minute workout. In this busy holiday season it’s so crucial to our health and physiques that we make time to exercise – even if it’s just 10 minutes.
As we age our muscle mass naturally dwindles as nature takes its course. This is a process, called Sarcopenia, begins as early as 20 and can ramp up to .4 lb loss in muscle each year by 50. The solution: exercise your muscles hard with an assortment of resistance training modalities. Consistency is key – the muscle building benefits of each workout ends after about 48 hours.
Keep challenging your muscles and they will repay you with ageless strength.
Think You Can
Henry Ford famously said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are probably right.”
This is never more true than with a fitness and fat loss goal.
Do you think you can reduce your body fat? Do you think you can learn new, healthier eating habits? Do you think you can become that lean, fit version of yourself?
Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are probably right.
I personally KNOW you CAN meet all of your fitness goals. That’s what I’ve dedicated my life to – seeing YOU experience results.
Call or email me today to get started on a fat loss program that that will make all of your fat loss dreams come true in the New Year. Make 2015 your best year yet!
Jeff Libengood, aka The Fitness Doctor, is a personal trainer to pro and Olympic athletes, business VIPS, celebrities and performers. He founded Total Postural Reprogramming in Japan and is a leading lower-back-pain expert and an author, lecturer and educator.
His services are extensive. They include posturology, low back pain, corrective exercise, musculoskeletal pain, functional training, golf preparation and conditioning, trigger point therapy / deep tissue massage, nutritional programming and eating ‘re-alignment’, diet and weight loss, holistic health assessments and lifestyle reprogramming. E-mail him at: email@example.com or visit: www.posturology.jp