There has been a bit of a buzz lately regarding Mini Workouts. I’ve been writing about them myself. I’ve even created my newest program around the Mini Workout solution: Mini Workout Videos is designed for the busy women who needs solutions to getting fit and fitting exercise into a busy schedule.
Life can be so crazy and with all the responsibilities coupled with the fact that many people just don’t like to workout, this mini workout concept can be quite attractive.
What exactly is a Mini Workout?
These workouts are short is duration. There are several thoughts on how long they have to be – but the general consensus is 10 – 20 minutes. What makes mini workouts effective is the intensity level. As enjoyable as it may be, you can’t go for a light stroll with cappuccino in hand and expect to see results, outside of some enjoyment that is. To see results a good rule of thumb is to break a sweat.
When to do a Mini Workout?
Fitting exercise into a busy schedule is a real challenge. To me the beauty of doing these short duration, mini workouts is the flexibility it provides. You can do almost anything, almost anywhere, as long as you reach an appropriate intensity level and fit in your workout. This means at home, to a video, in the park, between jobs, projects, running errands picking up the kids… the possibilities become much more tangible than trying to pack a bag and get to the gym for one hour or more.
How much is enough?
The recent studies are stating that 15 minutes a day is enough to increase life span! WOW! I will say this though, I recommend you make that your minimum. My general advice to clients is to do these mini workouts a few times a day. Perhaps you can’t find that hour to get to the gym, but you most likely can find two, three, (hey – maybe even four!) 15 minute blocks of time for YOU! In this case, I think it’s safe to say more is more not less is more. If you have the hour plus to go for a full workout, Go To It! This is wonderful and I would never promote against it. On the other hand, if you struggle with the pain of knowing you should do more, you don’t have the time, or you just don’t know how or where to get started, here is your solution. Start with as close to 15 minutes as you can get, today. Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done. Then, do you best to beat your time tomorrow.
Mini Workouts in the News
Here is a recent video clips from Global New Toronto report by Beatrice Politi that talks about the newest studies on Mini Workouts.
I would love to help you get started with your Mini Workouts. My new program at www.MiniWorkoutVideos.com may be what you are looking for, or drop me a line and let me know what I can do to support you.
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