Are Short Workouts Worth It?
Yes. Longer is better, but you can get by with quick bouts of activity when that’s all you have time for. The CDC suggests 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week (like walking or biking at a medium-fast pace), plus two sessions of muscle-strengthening exercise. Several 10- minute bursts of exercise each day can get you to this goal and help keep you fit.
Short, high-intensity exercises are useful in both cardio conditioning and building endurance and stamina or may be used an s warm-up. They should be included in a good fitness plan and used strategically for additional metabolic conditions
An advocate of barbell training and Oly lifting when I approach the barbell complexes, usually, I start and finish in less than 15 minutes. During the 15 minutes session, I swing thousands of pounds of bumpers and steel in air using, small loads, high repetition sets and reps of barbell complexes. Usually, the loads are less than 25-60 kilo, but controlled repetition is high, and breaks are shorter than 45 seconds. It is brutal, and you must be in good shape already to train as such.
Is it worth it? Heck YES.
It is the most efficient method of *** removal and muscle building. With all its efficiency, it is NOT suitable for new trainers. You must be proficient with the barbell movements.
Short high-intensity exercises are also useful in both cardio conditioning and building endurance and stamina.
Here are some more benefits of short workouts –
- Save time – Very important, especially if you aren’t a gym rat, and have a life outside of pumping iron.
- Keep motivated – As mentioned above, its far easier getting your *** to train when you KNOW your workouts don’t last for hours. Especially useful for those days when you’re feeling lazy.
- More stamina – If you workout for shorter periods, sincerely, you will no doubt have to crank the intensity of your training up, for it to be effective. Shorter time + Higher Intensity = More Anerobic Endurance * Strength. Basically, HIIT.
I’ve been working out for about 20 – 30 minutes daily, for the last 6 years or so, and have never been happier with the results.
A typical workout for me will consist of something like this –
100 Burpees (15 Minutes)
100 Crunches (5 Minutes)
100 Deep Knee Bends (5 Minutes)
100 Push Ups (10 Minutes)
100 Crunches (10 Minutes)
50 Burpees (5–7 Minutes)
Of course, a balanced diet plays a massive role in the overall feeling of well being, especially if your workouts are short AND light.
And they get even more confused when I tell them that these 12-minute workouts are actually more effective than spending an hour or more working out in a gym.
“How the *** is working out for 12 minutes better than working out for an hour?” most people ask me, puzzled and unbelieving.
See, most people are used to equating exercise with long, boring gym sessions that last at least an hour or more. And I’m no stranger to this mindset—I used to be a part of this “long workouts are better camp” too, back in the days when I’d force myself to run for miles and miles, followed by 20 minutes or more of abs-focused training or something similar. I absolutely hated it, but I did it anyway because I thought that spending more time exercising was the only way to get into good shape.
When you work out for hours upon end, not only will your appetite grow to be enormous in order to make up for all the energy lost during your workout, you’ll also put yourself at risk for “I deserve this” mode, which can send your weight loss goals plummeting backwards.
During my time as a gym-based personal trainer, I can’t tell you how many times I saw people do cardio and/or weights for an hour or more in the gym, then immediately go across the street to Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts and scarf down a giant-sized sugary drink and a giant pastry (or two!). All because they thought they worked hard, were ravenous, and felt they deserved a treat afterwards.
But sadly, this “reward” would nearly always result in a weight loss plateau, or worse, actual weight gain.
Yet HIT is different. Even though you have to work as hard as humanly possible during high intensity interval training workouts, since you’re not actually working out for a huge amount of time, you don’t get that same “feed me now” feeling you’d get after a really long run or weights session.