The #1 exercise excuse on almost every list is, “I don’t have time.”
No time for a 30 minute, 60 minute, 90 minute or a 120 minute workout. Heck, who does have time for all that?!
Probably not you! But, really, how long should you exercise in a day?
Well, did you know that it depends on the type of workout and the intensity of the workout?!
Considering that time is on the top of EVERY list, if you don’t have time, you obviously are NOT alone!
Time really is the single biggest obstacle to fitness.
Since we all have a limited amount of time, we need to…
Change The Type Of Workout And The Intensity Of That Workout
What does that mean? Well, experts are finding that we are over estimating the amount of exercise we need. They are also finding that short bouts of intense exercise are beneficial to our hearts as well as our hips and waistline. That’s good news!
A study published in Preventive Medicine in 2006 found that multiple workout sessions as short as 6 minutes apiece could help sedentary adults reach fitness goals similar to those achieved by working out for 30 minutes at a time. Can you believe that?! ONLY 6 MINUTES!
There’s no question that short amounts of intense exercise can help you achieve your fitness and weight loss goals. And since time is of the essence, this is REALLY GOOD NEWS!
Now What?Now we know that we need to find at least a 6 minute block of time during our day to get in some exercise. Since I like round numbers, let’s make that 10 minutes. And remember that we need this 10 minutes to count! Walking to the mailbox and back is NOT going to cut it. So let’s talk about some guidelines.
Some 10 Minute Guidelines
- need to be consecutive minutes
- need to be intense minutes
- need to work large muscle groups (not 10 minutes of bicep curls guys!)
- need to work more than one body part at a time
- need to be consistent
- may include resistance training
- may be done multiple times a day
By the way…
Do you know who Mark Steines is? Besides being a the co-anchor of the show “Entertainment Tonight”, he had the same issues that we face, NO TIME! But he followed the 10 minute guidelines above. In fact, he used a DVD program called 10 Minute Trainer to reach his health and fitness goals despite having no time! Check this short video out.
Pretty cool, huh?
Let’s review. A 10 minute workout may be all you need for daily exercise as long as you follow those 10 minute guidelines above!
Now I have a couple of questions…
- Are you going to try that 10 Minute Trainer program?
- Do you think you can follow those 10 minute guidelines above? Tell me all about it in the comments below.