Are 20 Minute Workouts Any Good?

Written By Chiropractic Health and Wellness on August 3, 2009

 

 

I think we all know that exercise is very beneficial to a person's health.  So why don't more people exercise on a regular basis?  Is it lack of money?  Laziness?  Lack of motivation?  Or the lack of equipment?

The NUMBER ONE reason people do not exercise is lack of time.
Martin Gibala, Ph.D, a kinesiology professional on exercise research at McMaster University says, "We know that 50% of the population doesn't exercise and the most common cited barrier to exercise is the lack of time."

Professor Gibala put his theory to the test in a study published in the Journal of Physiology.  What he did was compare a group of people who exercised 90 to 120 minutes a day to a group that only exercised 20 minutes a day, and only 3 days a week.

After only two weeks, BOTH groups showed improvement in exercise performance and oxygen uptake.  What was interesting is that the improvement was almost identical in both groups.  You may be asking yourself, how is that possible?

They found the group that only exercised for 20 minutes trained with greater forcus and intensity.   So, IT IS possible to get a lot out of short, focused workouts instead of long, one hour workouts.

In fact, this is just one of dozens of studies that confirm the benefits of shorter but more intense workouts.  Remember that HOW you exercise in those 20 minutes is the important thing.  Intensity is key, not duration, keep that  in mind that as you try to get everything into your busy schedule.  If you already exercise regularly, try mixing things up, do a shorter and more intense workout.  You will get great results and save yourself time.

Remember, in order for you to get results, you need to follow a plan.  "Rome wasn't built in a day", neither is good health!

Yours In Optimum Health,

Dillon L. Remmick, Chiropractic Intern