Easy Workout Takes 20 Minutes with Great Results

High Intensity WorkoutIt turns out you don’t have to do long, arduous workouts to get into great shape.  Recent studies have shown that short workouts with high intensity can help with your cardiovascular fitness as well as or even better that extended workouts.

So now you can just do a 20 minute workout three times a week and still see amazing results.  The key is to have short bursts of high intensity cardio, mixed between periods of recovery.  You can get these high intensity blasts from running, using elliptical machines, bicycling, or anything that will give you an aerobic workout.

Ironically, research has revealed that many marathon runners, who are considered to be some of the best conditioned athletes, have developed scar tissue on their hearts from excessive stress from running long distances.  Now it seems less is better, as far as your health is concerned.

High intensity training for short periods has become more and more popular because you don’t need a lot of time to get in a good workout.  People on tight schedules, or juggling business and family, can get heart healthy workouts whenever they have a free 20 minutes.

Your 20 minute workout starts with an easy warm-up for 5 minutes.  Then you will do a 30 second high intensity burst, followed by 90 seconds of slowdown so you can recover and slow your heart rate down.  You will do 4 to 8 of these intense bursts, depending on your fitness level.

If you are new to this type of workout, make sure you check with your doctor before starting the program.  If you are not in very good condition, you will start out with only 3 or 4 intense bursts and slowly work your way up to 7 or 8 intense bursts for your total workout.  After your last intense burst, you will have a cool down to get your heart rate back to your normal level.

Remember to not do too many high intensity workouts per week because your body won’t have the time to properly recover.  Four workouts a week should be the maximum.  Gauge how you feel and how long it takes to recover from each workout.  You should notice an increased energy level and more stamina after you have done the workouts for several weeks.

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Its Time to Start a Fitness Program

Image    Fitness has become more than a random task for most health conscious people today.  It can be a way of life for those wanting to fight off father time and keep as much of their youthfulness as possible.

The number of fitness programs out there is mind-boggling and it is a multi-million dollar industry. The funny thing is you don’t need to spend a lot of money to keep fit.  A simple walking regimen will do nicely for starters and you can work your way up to more advanced programs.

How young is too young to start a fitness plan?  There is no age minimum when it comes to health and the younger you start the better.  But there is also no age maximum either, so don’t think if you are a senior citizen you are too old to start a program.  If Jack LaLanne at age 70 could tow 70 boats with 70 people a mile and a half in the water while being handcuffed and shackled, you shouldn’t have any excuses.

The best time to start a fitness plan is now.  Procrastination is the bane of many people who want to get into better shape.  There are a thousand excuses why people keep putting off a fitness plan.  They are too busy with work, family, or they just haven’t found the right plan.

Take the first step and start walking – even a few block to start out if you have health issues.  Of course it is important to consult with your doctor if you have health issues so you don’t overdo it or do some activities you shouldn’t be attempting.

Brainstorming what kind of program you want is a great idea that could open up new possibilities for you.  Seek input from friends, athletes or do some research online.  Find a plan that is right for you.  You can always change it and that is a good idea because many people get bored with the same routine and end up cutting back or completely quitting.  Then its back to the couch potato life with chips and sweets.

Do you know what your resting heart rate is?  How long does it take you to walk or jog a mile?  How many push-ups and sit-ups can you do?  These are questions you need to know and then try and improve on them.

Stop now and take the time to make a commitment to start a fitness program tomorrow.  Your body and your mental outlook will thank you.