Can I Still Lose Weight With Short Workouts?

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Sometimes it is impossible to fit a full hour workout routine into your busy day. Schedules are tight and you will have days when there is simply no time left to exercise! If you have 10 minutes to spare, you can get a quick workout that helps meet your weight loss goals.

Studies Prove Short Workouts Are Effective

Many studies have found that short bouts of exercise throughout the day have the same benefits as continuous workouts.

In one study, experts compared different groups of exercisers:

  • Non-exercisers
  • Exercisers doing two 15-minute workouts
  • Exercisers doing one 30-minute workout, and
  • Exercisers doing three 10-minute workouts

The conclusion? All the exercisers lost weight and increased endurance regardless of which group they were in. The only group that did not see any changes was the non-exercising group.

Split Your Workout Routine Into Short Bouts

If you are short on time and it works better for you to split your routine into several short workouts throughout the day, do it! Any exercise is better than none.

Don't worry that you won't burn as many calories or get good results. The key is to find a regular schedule that works for you.

If you can fit 10 minutes in before your morning shower, take a brisk walk on your lunch break, then another 10-minute routine before dinner, that's 30-40 minutes of exercise in your day. Save the long workouts for the weekend or the weeknights when your schedule is less hectic.

When Workout Length Is Important

The only time to worry about continuous exercise versus short bouts is if you're training for a specific competition or sport. This includes preparing your body for marathons and other races as well as a soccer match or basketball game that requires endurance.

How to Plan a Quick and Effective Workout

You can also be strategic about your short exercise routines. Maybe you want to focus on strength on Tuesday and your lower body on Wednesday. Perhaps an all-around body workout is good to wake you up in the morning and strength is your focus for the evening workout.

Short exercise routines can also be a good way to keep yourself interested and motivated in your fitness goals. By staggering different routines when you have time, you will not get bored or feel overwhelmed by 'having' to do a long workout. You don't have to work out, you get to workout!

If you need some ideas, check out these tips and short workouts for quick, effective ways to work your body in less time:

  • Travel Workout: Don't let your vacation or business travel get in the way of your goals. Toss a resistance band in your luggage, and get a great workout no matter where you are.
  • 10-Minute Body Weight Workout: You don't need equipment to pull off this quick routine, just a chair, bench or step will do.
  • 10-Minute Express Circuit Workout: Discover a cardio-strength challenge that will burn calories and work your entire body.
  • Quick Lower Body: Give your lower body a quick and efficient workout with this easy, 6-step routine.
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