The Benefits of Shorter Workouts

Some possible health benefits include:

  • An increase in metabolic rates
  • Assist in maintaining weight levels
  • Help stabilize insulin levels throughout the day
  • Increase blood flood providing more oxygen and nutrients
  • Sustain strong bones, ligaments and tendons,
  • Reduce the development of heart disease, hypertension and lower stress
  • According to the American Journal of Sports Medicine, more fat and triglycerides will be efficiently metabolized by taking a short walk after meals instead of engaging in long exercise sessions
  • Exercise sessions of short duration are excellent for reducing high blood pressure
  • Exercise bouts as short as 6 minutes in length have been shown to increase overall health levels as well as sessions of 30 minutes or more in sedentary adults
  • Engaging in short bursts of physical activity helps smokers resist and reduce tobacco cravings

That is quite the list of benefits for shorter training sessions! The down side, in our busy daily lives, not all of us have several free 30 minute sessions to train. That being said, there are opportunities out there: walking/biking to work; after dinner walks; morning yoga classes; etc. Also, and a lot of gyms do offer morning, afternoon and evening classes starting from 30 minutes. Instead of spending your lunch break at a restaurant, find a yoga class. You’ll see how much more energy you will have in the afternoon, as well as how much easier it is to work while relaxed.

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