Super Short Workouts Shouldn’t Be Your Only Exercise
Who doesn’t love short workouts? There is a seven-minute workout , a four-minute workout , and finally this week scientists announced a one-minute workout . (We’ve come a long way since the eleven-minute workout .) These programs provide impressive results, but they are not a complete fitness solution.
A short time often does not include a warm-up or any rest time between intervals, so a one-minute workout does indeed last ten minutes. However, it is very time efficient. Short interval or strength training sessions often produce results comparable to longer, lower-intensity cardio workouts. Is it time to give up your regular workouts? Think again.
“I seriously doubt ANYONE IN THE WORLD will be able to maintain just this type of workout without injury or boredom / boredom / mustiness,” wrote the author of the one-minute workout to Outside magazine. He notes that research on ultra-short workouts is mostly done in sedentary people, and they get their results in a short amount of time, in this case 12 weeks.
If you’re already in good shape, these short workouts may not make a huge difference in your overall fitness. But this does not mean that they are useless. High-intensity interval workouts fit perfectly into your daily routine . They increase strength and cardio endurance, and also improve your insulin sensitivity (which means you are less likely to develop diabetes). Schedule regular workout intervals to reap significant benefits .
However, we know there are times when it’s hard to get out of the office or find a free moment among the many things you have to do on a busy day. For those times, short workouts were a great substitute. It’s better to do a 5 minute Sworkit session than skip a workout entirely. Likewise, short workouts are also a great transitional tool for transitioning to workouts after an injury or long break. Just remember, they may not be your only exercise forever.
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