Getting the most out of your work-out in 20mins

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Studies suggest that duration of a training session a significant factor affecting adherence to fitness programs. It seems that people who exercise for shorter periods of time (e.g. 20 to 30 min) exercise more consistently and may in fact achieve better results than people who work out for an hour or more. To create lasting lifestyle changes it is better to start small and then to progressively increase the intensity and tempo as you increase your motivation and fitness level.

It is undeniable that in today’s fast-paced world, longer workouts are challenging because we have less time to fit one hour of exercise into our schedule. When we have less time than we hoped we often decide that rather than come to the gym for a shorter session we should save it for another day. The risk of this of course is that we will never find the time; we will keep putting it off, we will fail to create a habit ad we will give up long before we achieve our goals. At the end of the day it’s not about time, it’s about priorities.

It’s a well-known fact in the fitness industry that the first 2 months of a person’s fitness program are key to his or her adherence and ultimately success. People who spend 30 min working out are often the ones who build up a sustainable exercise regime and develop intrinsic motivation rather than those who battle to exercise for an hour and longer. Going full pelt at the beginning can lead to exercise boredom or burnout. The risk of injury is also higher, if a person goes for an intensive 60min exercise regime each time.

The big myth is that you need to pound away on the treadmill or slog away on the cross trainer for hours on end to achieve your results in the long run. Luckily, it’s not true.

The truth of the matter is that you can get the same or even better results if you get your daily exercise doing 10min intermittently throughout the day. If you cumulate your bouts of exercise while doing activities you love (e.g. dancing, walking, rollerblading, gardening, swimming, etc.) then you are more likely to make it a lifestyle change and achieve your results in the long run. It’s simple really, the more you enjoy the process of exercising and the less painful you perceive it to be, the more likely you are to achieve long term results.

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In conclusion, here are 6 failsafe tips that will increase the likelihood of your adherence to an exercise regime and the achievement of your results:

1.Do physical activity that you love. Exercise does not need to be pain or punishment.
2.All physical activity ads up. So, if you can’t squeeze in an hour then do what you can!
3.Start at a pace and an intensity that you can sustain and still enjoy.
4.Make exercise a priority. Plan your exercise for the week and commit to it!
5.Exercise with friends and family! Share your experience and make exercising a fun and social activity.
6.Start today! Why wait? Go out and start the change now.

If you have more questions regarding types of 20’efficient workout in the gym, contact our Personal Trainers for advice. We are here to help.


Liz Andrews
Fitness Manager
Holmes Place Iberia

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