I often say to my clients, ‘a little is better than nothing‘. However, some people just feel they have to go to the gym or exercise for a whole hour or 1 1/2 hrs to make it worthwhile. Is that you??
WHY?? I think this used to be instilled into us – we had to make it worthwhile. We’d do a whole body work out as well as some cardio and if we didn’t spend less than an hour exercising it wasn’t doing much for us!
People then get in a rut or the mindset of ‘I haven’t time to go to the gym today’ – because they may not have time to do their full hour long session. Hence the ‘ALL or NOTHING’ approach – sound familiar??
Over the years research has been done and now there is so much more about the short/sharp sessions as being as beneficial, actually more beneficial than a long exercise session. Last week there was a study published in the Journal of Sports Medicine said that just ONE brisk jog a week – no longer than 50 minutes, was linked to longevity. They also found NO evidence that mortality benefits increase with greater amounts of running.
So, IF you are someone who wants and enjoys exercising for longer periods of time – maybe you enjoy your hour long run at a weekend. Do you sometimes forego that run because you just can’t fit the hour run in that day?? If so you CAN still do a quick short/sharp 15 or 20 min run and get the same benefit – increase in endorphins, whole body workout and the benefit of having done something rather than nothing.
What I am getting at here is it may be time to change your mindset. You CAN just do a short session, you really do not have to spend ages working out. In the long run a 15-20 minute session regularly means you wont feel you need to forego it if time is short.
Have a try – change your ALL or NOTHING mindset, and try MODERATION – something rather than nothing!! Have a look at my Short HITT video – it WILL get your heart rate up! https://vimeo.com/372202367