Do you want to lose body fat, but totally detest the things you?ve been told you ?should? do?
Do you want to be able to see muscle in your arms, legs and abs, but feel like you?re just spinning your wheels with your efforts? Want to feel strong and capable, and excited to work out?
Specifically, do you avoid long ?dreadmill? sessions at all costs, and skip the joint aches and pains that often accompany traditional cardio exercise?
I have a secret for you: You can.
Last year, the New York Times? fitness story of the year was that short, intense workouts are incredibly effective for getting leaner, stronger, fitter and healthier overall. The type of sessions they covered ran the gamut from one (yes, one) minute to 30 minutes. (Insert joke about six- versus seven-minute abs here.)
In the vast majority of cases, something is better than nothing, sure, but a fast-paced workout can be better than just about anything.
No kidding. Some of us have known for a while now that doing super-short metabolic-resistance-training sessions ? in other words, lifting weights faster ? can burn more fat, build more muscle, rev your metabolism, and improve your work capacity better than typical aerobic exercise sessions (which often take much, much longer and deliver less of a payoff). In other words, strength training is pretty unapologetically awesome.
But nobody has time to work out. Or at least, that?s the refrain. Lack of time is the single most common reason given for not following a regular fitness routine.
And it can definitely be tricky to fit it in. Our lives are also often jam-packed with nonnegotiable obligations ? working long hours or multiple jobs, taking the kids to their various activities, plus doing the general errands, tasks and upkeep of life in this century ? that can send us careening through our days from dawn to dusk. Fitting fitness in on top of all that can genuinely seem like a daunting or even impossible task.
That means making it quick. Like?super quick. So quick that everyone has time to do this workout. No exceptions.