Last year, the New York Times’ fitness story of the year was that short, intense workouts are incredibly effective for getting leaner, stronger, fitter and healthier overall.
According to the article, in one particularly useful study from May 2014, scientists found that three brief sessions per day of interval-style exercise – consisting of one minute of brisk walking followed by another minute of strolling, repeated six times – allowed people at risk of diabetes to control their blood sugar better than a continuous 30-minute brisk walk.
And just as important, these short, condensed sessions were more POPULAR with the study’s participants than the single, longer walk. They liked finishing quickly.
There were several other studies done in 2014 on short workouts as well … one showed that running as little as five minutes a day might add years to one’s life span!
Since lack of time is the single most common reason given for not following a regular fitness routine … this is good news! You may have heard for a while now that doing super-short metabolic-resistance-training sessions — in other words, lifting weights faster — can burn more fat, build more muscle, rev your metabolism, improve your work capacity and performance, and create a healthier hormonal profile than typical aerobic exercise sessions. But now there is more and more research being done that PROVES it.
You can indeed get a LOT of benefit from a properly designed and goal-oriented 15-20 minute training session. So NO more excuses. Let’s see … there are 10,080 minutes in a week. EVERYONE has 15-20 minutes a few times a week – maybe 45-75 minutes TOTAL – to squeeze in a few workouts. That’s like less than 1% of your time. And the tiny amount of time you spend on this will pay you back many times over, in SO many different aspects of your life.
Now of course there are many options when it comes to exactly WHAT super-short workouts to do. But one brand new resource you can check out is the new-and-improved Lift Weights Faster 2. It’s got a full 180 conditioning workouts, based around this exact concept of short, intense, and effective workouts … using everything from just bodyweight to a full gym for equipment. Learn more about Lift Weights Faster 2 HERE.
That’s it for now. I saw this article and thought it was some really interesting info to pass along your wau. Let’s make it happen this week – schedule your workouts NOW if you haven’t yet, and we’ll get a little closer to our ultimate fitness goals, together!
Train hard, and talk soon –
– Forest Vance, MS, RKC II, PCC