Short Workouts or Long Workouts? Are Short Workouts Really Effective?

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Short Workouts or Long Workouts? Are Short Workouts Really Effective?

A question we frequently get asked is whether or not short workouts are effective, and if multiple short workout routines are even better than one long duration routine.

In an ideal world, we all have the time to fit in extensive, effective, and thorough workouts. In reality, everyone has a lot to juggle in life, and exercise is one of the first things to be crowded out when the schedule starts busting at the seams. Many of us really and truly do not have an entire 60-90 minutes of uninterrupted time that lends itself to a lengthy workout.

What is more realistic and feasible is turning those sporadic 10-20 minute chunks of time that are spread throughout the day into miniature sweat sessions. But do they count? Do they work as well as a full hour or hour and a half of exercising?

Short Workouts or Long Workouts?
In a nutshell, by far and large the best workout is one that you will actually DO. If you plan to exercise for 80 minutes daily and your schedule realistically just does not allow for it, time and time again you’re not going to actually do it, and while good intentions are honorable they really don’t get you far in terms of reaching your fitness goals.

If a 10-20 minute workout is something that you can squeeze into your day, rest assured that what you are doing is worthwhile; not only can multiple short workouts be as effective as longer duration workouts, they can be even more effective.

Each time you workout, your metabolism gradually speeds up, and then gradually slows back down to normal when you’re finished. While your metabolism is returning to normal you are burning calories at an elevated rate. Think about it in terms of a bell curve; would you want one bell curve representing a metabolic increase, or several? This after burn effect is especially true of higher intensity workouts such as HIIT or strength training (you will see a much less significant after burn with low-moderate effort cardio).

Another benefit to breaking your workouts up into multiple short sessions is that you wont hit energy slumps the way that you might if you were going for a whole hour or two. Instead, you will have ideally consumed healthy meals (or at least snacks) and lots of water in between each, which will enable you to give each workout your full effort the whole way through.

We like combining the two different types of training, doing longer workouts on the days when we have more time, and multiple, short workouts when we are more pressed for time.

Something is always better than nothing when it comes to exercise, and often times with activity a little something turns into something bigger, seeing as how actually initiating activity can be the hardest part of working out.

Which way do you prefer? Do you do short workouts of long workouts, or a combination of the two?

5 Reasons Why Shorter Workouts Are BetterShort workouts are quick and effective you need to exercise to stay healthy. But this busy lifestyle has you pegged, right? And you’ve no option left but to cancel your gym subscription. But as they say, “When one door closes, another one opens”, we give you a solution to your problem about time management and exercise schedule. Short workouts – They’re the way to go forward now. With proven results, this method will help you in every aspect and don’t worry your schedule will not be disturbed too. Read below the benefits of a short but intensive workout.

1. More Focus – They are intense. They require infallible concentration. When the time period is short you can’t afford to slack during the exercise. Contrary to a long workout you can’t cover your lethargic attitude in a short workout, simply because you don’t have enough time.

2. Fast results – Research has shown that just 20 minutes of high intensity training, two to three times per week, can even lead to better results than slow and steady workouts performed five times a week. Not only does it burn fat and boosts your cardiovascular health, but a short intense workout also produces muscle-building hormones which improves bone and tissue growth.

3. Time is not an issue – Most of the time we back out from a workout because of the time and dedication it demands. “I don’t have the time” is our way out of this solution. Well you can’t hide behind your calendar anymore. A short workout can be done in intervals which are minutes long.

4. A stable appetite – A length workout makes you feel good and proud of yourselves. You think you deserve a cheat food. A burger here or a soft drink there. And in a few seconds, all your efforts have gone to waste. Whereas a shorter workout serves well to normalise your appetite. Since you are not spending hours in the gym, you don’t feel the need to be awarded by extra food.

5. You avoid over-straining yourself – Overdoing anything can be harmful and exercise is no option. Sometimes long workouts can give your bodies more stress than they can handle. In certain cases, the damage had been so severe that it couldn’t be improved without medical assistance. Contrary to this a short workout has no risk of getting you over worked.

Short, high-intensity exercises are useful in both cardio conditioning and building endurance and stamina or may be used a s warm-ups. They should be included in a good fitness plan and used strategically for additional metabolic conditioning.

As 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 fat 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.

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