Weekend Warrior: Short Workouts Can Have a Big Impact
Short workouts may be just as beneficial as longer workouts.
Staring on the road to fitness can be daunting, especially if you’re trying to take on too much, too soon. The best course of action is to begin making small, but manageable changes to your daily routine. This weekend, for better or for worse, begin your journey by tackling the little things that will add up to a fit and healthy lifestyle.
More exercise is always better than no exercise, but researchers have discovered that mild physical activity can be just as effective as moderate activity. In a study conducted by researched at the University of Copenhagen, two groups of exercisers were examined. One group exercised for 30 minutes each day, while the second group performed 60 minutes of exercise. Surprisingly, after 13 weeks, it was the 30-minute exercisers who lost the most weight. So what’s the takeaway? Thirty minutes of exercise is just as effective as a 60-minute workout. Plus, it’s more manageable!
Get Off the Couch!
But if that’s not enough to motivate you to get off the couch this weekend, then perhaps this information will do the trick: Using data from the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study, The British Journal of Sports Medicine found that, “Every single hour of TV watched after the age of 25 reduces the viewer's life expectancy by 21.8 minutes.” That means that individuals who plant themselves in front of the television for six hours each day live 4.8 fewer years than their non-T.V. watching counterparts.
But even if you’re not actively watching television, sitting is still bad for your health. Studies have shown that sitting is an independent risk factor for heart disease and increased belly fat. Luckily, this problem can be solved by making time to stretch every 20 minutes while you’re at work, taking a walk during lunch, or simply taking phone calls while standing up.
So, this weekend your task is simply to get off the couch and get moving! Even a walk around the block can add years to your life and subtract inches from your waistline. Have a great weekend!
How are you planning to workout this weekend?
Joe Vennare is a one of the nation’s top trainers, a freelance writer, and a fitness entrepreneur who co-founded Hybrid Athlete, Kettlebell Cardio™ and Race Day Domination.
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