Benefits Of A Quick 10 Minute Workout 

 

It’s common knowledge that exercise and physical activity is essential for good health.

But, between work, family life, and other responsibilities, it can be challenging to fit in a lengthy workout at the gym multiple times a week. Often, the most challenging part of working out is getting started and sticking with it.

So what can we do to make exercise more convenient and accessible, so that we can enjoy its incredible benefits?

Quick Bursts of Exercise

One solution for squeezing fitness into your life might be to focus on shorter, more intense mini-workouts.

This approach is supported by research showing that brief bouts of exercise spread throughout the day can be just as beneficial as long workout sessions, or maybe even more so.

These benefits include:

  • Improved cardiovascular health
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Increased fat loss
  • Lowered insulin resistance
  • Decreased LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • Increased HDL (good) cholesterol
  • Improved resting heart rate
  • Improved mood
  • Increased adherence to the exercise program

Another benefit of short workouts is pushing yourself to a higher intensity than when working out for more extended periods. These high-intensity bursts of activity may improve not only your heart and lung health but also your strength and endurance.

Short Moments of Activity

Splitting your workouts into multiple, 10-minute bursts instead of one big session allows you to fit these bits of exercise into your day in a more realistic way.

If you’ve been sitting down for a long time, working, or watching tv, for example, try a little experiment. Spend a couple of minutes trying to elevate your heart rate. Run in place, do jumping jacks, squats, pushups, or any other exercise that gets your heart pumping.

You don’t have to sustain it for very long, but it should be intense enough to have you breathing heavier. You might be surprised to find how energized and invigorated you feel afterward.

Accumulating these little moments throughout your day can add significant activity and substantial benefits.

Smaller segments are less intimidating, more convenient, and easier to fit into your schedule. You don’t need to commit to an hour at the gym – which also involves even more time getting there and back and changing into your workout clothes.

Just a few minutes here and there can go a long way towards better health, and you’ll probably find it easier to assimilate healthful exercise into your daily routine.