Sure, so many of us want to get fit, we want to get healthy and we want the fit body. But so many of us come up with every excuse NOT to do the exercise we need to do, to achieve it.
When it comes to exercise, as a personal trainer, I’ve heard all the excuses! But up there with the best is the excuse of not having enough time.
They say to shoot for 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day 3-5 days each week for weight loss and health benefits. Now, that isn’t really a lot of time when you think about it(less then 3% of your total time if you think about it), but still, people cry and complain on about not having the time for that.
If that’s you and you find it a struggle fitting half an hour into your schedule 3-5 times per week, listen up. Your luck is about to change…or is it?
No time is NO excuse anymore! It’s all thanks to findings coming out of London. In the UK, some experts say that you can squeeze (wait for it), an entire week’s workout into (sit down for this one)…less than an hour!
That’s right! Less than an hour! There goes your excuse of having no time, because it’s just not an excuse anymore.
So how is it possible to do a week’s worth of exercise in just under an hour?
It’s all thanks to a little thing called interval training. Interval training was initially developed for Olympic athletes. Basically it involves intense exercise in short bursts, and originally, it was thought to be too intense for normal people of low to average fitness levels.
Further research though in recent years has found that interval training can in fact help not-so-fit people – even older people and those with health problems – lose weight and get fit.
So what does intense interval training actually involve?
Basically, it involves you working very hard for just a few minutes, with rest periods in between these few minute bursts. The research over recent years has involved intense running or biking, but intense interval training can also include activities like swimming or rowing.
Exercise Expert, Jan Helgerud from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology recommends trying four sessions lasting four minutes each – with a recovery time of three minutes between the sessions.
So, how do you feel after this intense exercise session?
According to Helgerud, “You should be a little out of breath, but you shouldn’t have the obvious feeling of exhaustion”.
Interval training will help you see results a lot faster, but it’s important that you stick to the routine, like everything. Interval training will work wonders for your fitness levels, by doubling your endurance and improving your oxygen use and strength by more than 10 percent. Speed can also be increased by 5 percent.
The short, intense bursts of activity are just what your body needs to build your muscles which will create a higher metabolism for you. That means your body will burn fat and carbohydrates for hours after your few minutes of exercise.
So you can imagine the positive effect this will have for you once it becomes second nature.
I recommend you do the four minutes of intense activity for four minutes at a time, with the three minute recovery between each session. Do this at least once per week, and combined with a healthy, balanced diet, see the great results that will come about.
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No time is NO excuse! You CAN set aside 25 minutes in one week!
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