How Long Should Your Workout Be?

Want to be healthy and fit? Some people wonder how long should their workout be to really make a difference.

The time involved for exercising can be an obstacle in our busy lives between working, taking care of the kids, maintaining the household in order and keeping a social life.

Want to build a stronger cardio and increase your stamina in a short amount of time?
From personal experience, for fast and great results, supersets of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) — meaning short and intense work — is the way to go. You can accomplish a lot in a short period of time.

During these workouts, I do supersets of 3 targeted exercises, 3 times each; and as many as I can for 15 to 20 seconds; then I rest of 10-12 seconds. (Use an app on your phone to track the sessions.) The key is to do as many supersets until I feel that I won’t be able to do my repetitions with good form.

Working out alone is tough, especially when it comes to HIIT training. You need someone to keep an eye on your intensity, proper form and as a motivation to do more in a small amount of time. Choose a partner that can energize you and light up the fire in your belly. 😊

Of course, once we have more specific goals such as improved sports performance for a next tournament, then drills and practices need to be added to that time. If we want to improve our mobility, then stretching, yoga and/or Pilates help. If we want to build muscle volume, then a much higher number of training sessions is required. If we approach a marathon or a triathlon race, then we put on more hours closer to the race.

HIIT workouts make a lot more sense if we have an overall high daily activity level. We need to fight a sedentary behavior by per example taking the stairs when possible instead of elevators, working standing up instead of sitting down, doing tricep dips when we watch a video or an online presentation, or doing pushups before lunch. To that we add healthy eating habits and good amount of sleep… Then working out makes sense.


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