This blog was written by Lisa Larkin. Meet our blogging fitness specialists at the NIFS website.
When it comes to fitting workouts into your busy schedule, you need to find what works best for you. You will be more likely to stick to the plan if it’s convenient and works with your schedule. Not having enough time for exercise is the number-one excuse.
But studies are being done on the effectiveness of short bouts of exercise as opposed to being on the treadmill for 45 minutes at a time. Shorter, 10-minute bouts of exercise are just as effective. And for most, they are a more practical way of getting your workouts in throughout the day. You are still burning the calories and fat, which your body needs to maintain.
Here is a list of benefits to shorter, more intense bouts of cardio:
- Lowers blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood-sugar levels.
- Helps to cut the fat in the bloodstream.
- Easier to fit in when you only have to find 10 to 15 minutes at a time.
- Better for people with lower fitness levels because going for longer bouts may not be ideal.
Try kicking up the intensity and get two or three smaller, intense bouts of exercise in your corporate fitness center tomorrow!