Can you get fit in under 30 minutes? Yes. We believe you can! We did!
We get a lot of questions regarding our workouts like – do we only do 12 minute workouts or do we add on other cardio? How long are our workouts?
Today we are going to discuss how we stay in shape just working out in under 30 minutes.
We have been doing shorter workouts for over 4 years now…crazy to think that much time has already passed. But we used to be cardio junkies – running for miles almost every day with very little lifting. Then we started a bakery and life as we knew it changed! Our time was spent running that — not working out! We barely had time to workout, which was very hard for us. There would be days – even weeks, we did not workout.
Eventually Michelle stumbled upon bodyrock, which if you have been following us for awhile we love Zuzana and her workouts.
Why? Because they were short. We felt amazing doing them. And our bodies were changing. And around this same time our love of running vanished. And we started gaining muscle.
We happily accepted our new workout style! And fast forward many years we are still loving them. Although we have learned more of what works for us, in addition started loving other types of workouts – like yoga!
What is HIIT? (high intensity interval training) Any kind of aerobic activity that alternates high and low intensity training. What that means is you push yourself for a certain period of time and then you rest. And repeat.
Benefits of shorter workouts:
- you burn more fat than longer, moderate cardio
- you will be less tired – studies show that even doing just 20 minutes of exercise for 3 days a week your energy increases
- those feel good endorphins will increase
- perfect workouts if short on time, allows you to get in shape quicker
- improves the health of your heart
- HIIT improves your metabolism
- improves overall athletic performance (which from our experience is true as we ran a half marathon this past Feb, and we did no training just our HIIT workouts. We did not run it in record time or anything, just the fact that we were able to complete it).
Actually most of our workouts last anywhere from 5 minutes-20 minutes – average. There are some days when we go longer than 20 minutes. As we mentioned in the video, these times do not include our warm-up and cool downs, plus we share our other favorite form of exercise we do almost daily.
In order for HIIT to really work you HAVE TO PUSH YOURSELF to your LIMITS.
We remember being in the cardio crowd – people you see everyday on the same machine going at a steady pace – even though they might be dedicated, they always seem to look the same. How do we know this? Because that was us…for years! Long steady cardio does have some benefits, but if you are looking for overall body change you need to push yourself differently. Solution – high intensity interval training. For us, doing short intense workouts with just body weight alone changed our life for the better.
Something big to note – the types of workouts we do are a mix of strength and cardio, which is one reason why we can get a great workout in a short amount of time. We aim to use a lot of different body parts in our workouts – multi-joint and multi-exercise training. And we love balance and coordination moves!
And as we said in the video – THIS IS NOT the ONLY WAY TO GET IN SHAPE. There are a lot of ways to get fit and stay fit. We follow a lot of fitness people – and they are do their own thing and look amazing. Don’t be afraid to life weights. Don’t think you have to do hours of cardio. Don’t be afraid to mix things up – do different things. Do more bodyweight exercises.
The key is to find the type of exercise you like….that you can do everyday if you wanted too. (rest days are important!!) But being able to push hard in your workouts, no matter what it is, that is when you see results!
Check out these articles about the benefits of short workouts:
Twins Question: Do you believe you can get fit in under 30 minutes? What are your thoughts on HIIT? How long do you workout for?
As you can see from our youtube workout videos and our Purely Fit Life Club we love short workouts. Well, in our program you learn more about the way we workout and why we do certain exercises. Remember you can join at any time.
Come get in shape with us…this is for life!We are here everyday to keep you motivated!
Remember no matter what – BELIEVE in yourself and remember you CAN do it.
Lori and Michelle