In the past you were expected to get in at least an hour of gym time a day to really see some results. However, new shorter workouts have become all the rage and it’s not just because we live such hectic lives. Although, that is one huge bonus. Who really has time to spend over an hour for a sweat sesh? And that doesn’t even include travel time (if working out at the gym) and showering after. Not only do 30 minute workouts save us a load of time but there are also proven benefits. These shorter workouts are just as effective as longer ones. here’s why.
Intensity is more important than time.
It’s all about what you DO in your workout. As in any other area of your life, you have to make the most of your time. Would you rather do a long easier workout or a workout that’s more intense but you get it all done in half the time?
Mix it up
To get the most out of your 30 minute workout, you’ll want to do a combination of cardio and resistance training. You’ll also want to work on the entire body. No more skipping leg day (even though we all know it’s the worst!).
HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)
You may have read the benefits of HIIT Training in my previous blog. If not, check it out HERE. You’re basically pushing yourself to your absolute max for a short amount of time and then taking a short active recovery period. This type of interval training is the perfect way to burn fat in a short amount of time.
Energy to keep going
Hour long or more sweat sessions often leave you completely worn out. I remember doing hour long Zumba workouts or yoga for an hour and a half in P90X and just feeling blah afterwards. I had no energy to function! But with 30 minute workouts in the morning I’m able to actually get through the rest of my day and feel great. I can ever add in a little exercise here and there throughout my day. I might take my dog for a longer than normal walk or park further away at the grocery store. I can’t do that with long workouts. I get too burned out.
Back to the time thing…
Exercise is really a huge mind game. If you doubt yourself and think you can’t complete a workout than you’ll most likely give up too soon. It doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out that 30 minutes is much shorter than 60 minutes. The shorter the workout, the more doable it seems! You know it doesn’t last long so you’ll be willing to push through it and get it done. Whereas having a 60 minute workout ahead of you can seem overwhelming, causing you to not do it at all.
Keep it simple
Not sure what you should be doing in your 30 minute workout window so you still get the killer results of longer workouts? Keep it simple with an at home DVD program. Yes, I sell Beachbody fitness programs but that’s not why I’m suggesting you go out and get one. They seriously take all the guesswork out. You don’t have to go to the gym clueless anymore. These DVD programs can be done right in your living room. Each program comes with a calendar telling you exactly which workout you do every day. All you have to do is pop it in and press play. You also get a complete nutrition plan that’s super simple to follow. If you’re a fitness guru, do your own thing! More power to you. But if you’re a newbie, I suggest going with one of the programs. You don’t have to worry about whether or not you’re working the right areas of the body. Or if you’re even doing the exercise correctly. Like I always say, weight loss shouldn’t be complicated. Exercise and eating right is a LIFESTYLE so it needs to be easy to follow!
I talk to TONS of people who would love to start their weight loss journey but think they don’t have time for it. Come on guys! 30 minutes is nothing. Wake up 30 minutes earlier or skip your nightly TV shows. You won’t miss it. Plus living a happy & healthy life is way more important. You CAN do this. For more information on Beachbody programs, COMMENT below and I’ll send over some more info 🙂