Why You Should Keep Workouts Short
A 12-minute workout can be more effective than an hour or more of working out in the gym. In fact, long workouts may be the reason why you are not where you want to be in terms of your health and fitness goals, or cannot stick to a consistent workout schedule.
The thought of an hour or two in the gym can be a bit too much to handle sometimes, especially when you are tired after work and would rather just get home. More than this though, it is that you simply do not have that much time to carve out to workout, not frequently or consistently anyway. When life gets busy it’s understandable that your hour in the gym gets cut from the schedule- you’ve got a thousand other things going on right?
Well, by doing short, intense interval workouts, or HIIT, that excuse is no longer credible. We all have at least 12 minutes a day spare, or we could if we stopped wasting time on reality TV, social media or just taking really long showers. Shaving a few minutes off each of these activities daily would leave you with enough time to fit in a short, tough HIIT session.
The efficiency of short, tough HIIT workouts are one of its main appeals, making it way more likely that you will actually stick to your workout schedule in the long term. The knock on effect of consistently sticking to a fitness regime, no matter how short the session is, is going to be positive… and a hell of a lot better than doing nothing at all!
But more than just making it feasible for you to actually squeeze a workout in, HIIT training is also super effective for fat loss. HIIT training works to boost your metabolism, raising your body’s fat burning power and burning more calories in way less time than you do going for a log monotonous jog. When you work out for hours upon end, not only will your appetite grow to be enormous in order to make up for all the energy lost during your workout, you’ll also put yourself at risk of “I deserve this” mode, which can send your weight loss goals plummeting backwards.
Another reason why HIIT is effective for fat loss is that it helps to control your appetite. Why? Because a lot of the time when people work out for a very long time, as well as feeling physically tired, they mentally more inclined to tell themselves they deserve a treat. Unfortunately, this “reward” almost always results in a weight loss plateau, if not actual weight gain.
So how does HIIT differ? Even though you work as hard as you are physically capable of during HIIT (that is if you are doing it properly), as you are not actually training for a massive amount of time, you do not get the same urge to re-fuel yourself on as big of a scale as you do you do after a really long run or weights session.
Of course, there are some who love to go out for a long run or spend hours in the gym, and good for them. Obviously, if you like training for a long time then do that! But for many, knowing that you can now squeeze an efficient and more importantly, an extremely effective workout into your hectic schedules, will be extremely good news.
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