Life can become extremely busy nowadays-so busy that we simply cannot seem to get adequate time for a good daily or routine workout. Whether you are trying to shed some pounds or bulk up at the gym, the majority of people assume that they require at least an hour or even longer, to realize any real and tangible benefit from a workout. However, at times, short workouts are known to be more effective compared to longer ones.
Also known as interval training, short workouts means either taking 10 to 30 workouts and alternating between several different intensities of workouts/exercise and then allowing for a rest break in between bursts of action. It could also simply mean speeding up your daily walk to a modest job for a couple of minutes. At the other extreme, it could imply high-intensity interval training (HIIT) or Tabata.
The whole concept is simple and easy to understand: to make a big physical change, less total time is required-essentially more impact for your dollar. However, the benefits of short workouts go far beyond simply faster results and saving time-and research proves it.
It’s More Efficient
Short workouts are the ideal option when you have a busy daily routine. It works well whether you simply want to squeeze in a short workout during your brief lunch break or when you want to get in shape for a physical event that is fast-approaching. Research has shown that you can realize more physical progress in a brief 15 minutes of interval training performed 3 times per week than a person jogging for 60 minutes on the treadmill.
According to a study presented at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in 2011, just two weeks of HIIT improves a person’s aerobic capacity as does endurance training done over a 6 to 8 weeks period. The best part is that using the effective Tabata Training Method, you could complete, in only 4 minutes, an effective HIIT workout.
Lean Muscle Mass
Intense interval training or short workouts also generate muscle-building hormones. This includes IGF-1, the growth hormone, which controls the growth of your bone and tissue. The IGF-1 growth hormone is an important growth-promoting agent that affects nearly every cell in your body, especially the skeletal muscle. This allows your body to build more lean muscle mass and more effectively.
Improving Cardiovascular Health
Physical flexibility is not just important when you want to bend or touch your toes. Short workouts like HIIT boost the elasticity and flexibility of your veins and arteries better than continuous aerobic exercise. It promotes greater VO2 max and overall fitness. During each intense exercise session, you are effectively increasing cardiovascular ability, Subsequently, during the brief resting intervals, your body learns how to recover faster.
Research shows that you may not now need to engaging yourself in those long workouts, but you probably should be working harder-at least in spurts. It has been shown by studies that interval training helps burn more fat and boosts levels of fitness even after a brief 15 or 20 minutes exercise session.
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