Quick workouts: what about the benefits?
Many of you are wondering if quick workouts really make a difference? When, once again, you don’t have time to go to the gym or your energy seems very low, you decide to opt for a short home workout and you are wondering will it be worth it?
So if short workouts can really bring benefits, what are they?
A quick workout can provide benefits for general health and fitness. It also will help you to come closer to your weight loss goals. However, short workouts are not ideal if you have specific goals such as becoming stronger, having bigger arms, better muscles, etc. Indeed, if you want to build muscles, you will need a little more time than just 10 minutes a day.
According to a study, even a short training of 4 minutes can increase your cardiometabolic health, specifically for people having a very low level of fitness (significant decrease in mortality risk). Moreover, some individuals with overweight following a 2-month short and high-intensity workouts, had a better control of their blood sugar levels.
Short workouts have also another benefit: you are not so exhausted as regular workouts and your appetite doesn’t increase.
Another study has demonstrated that a 10 minutes high-intensity workout can improve your mental focus which makes it perfect for your break at work, before an exam or a study session.
In order to receive all the benefits properly, you should opt for a high-intensity workout at about 8 of a 1 to 10 level of discomfort (it should be hard to make your heart race).
So, short workout or no workout?
Clearly, the answer is short workout! If you are traveling, don’t have the time or just want to gain more focus throughout the day, do it! But of course, they shouldn’t be your only option!
In summary, you can improve your general fitness with quick workouts but keep it as an extra training when you don’t have time.