Lately I’ve been working from home, which has some nice perks including being able to hang out in gym clothes all day. When I have a few spare moments, I’ll run down to the gym in my building or lift a few light weights in my room. I usually end up doing about three or four session of 15-20 minutes each – heck of a lot better than when I wouldn’t have any time to work out at all!
However, I’m wondering if this style of broken up workouts is actually going to do any good?
I know that I won’t get the same cardio benefits as one long session, because I have to spend a few minutes of each one warming up and cooling down. However, if I’m just striving for increased strength and definition of my muscles, is there any harm to doing many shorter segments instead of one long session?
Would love to hear your insight!
I was quite excited to receive this email because it allowed me to recycle a video I’d just filmed a guest post for FatFighterTV on this topic & was glad to know people were still curious.
You are, in fact, on the right track.
With regards to weight training, Id suggest you finish a muscle group during each short workout session (for example: lift biceps in entirety, work for a bit, move on to lifting shoulders in their entirety).
With regards to cardiovascular exercise, studies indicate that shorter duration higher intensity sessions have a similar if not GREATER effect on cardiovascular fitness improvements. Feel free to do shorter sessions for your cardio exercise— just work hard and make them count!
OK, so I have an embarrassing if not weird question. No one talks about it. (at least haven’t found anyone that has).So I’ve started running and am enjoying it, but not the incontinance that is happening. Do you know of any exercises, besides kegels, that can help?
I figured that if you could mention erectile dysfunction with a straight face, you might be able to tackle this. It’s probably not a problem for some but it sure is for me.
OK, Bumbling Band, I know our emailer isnt alone but I have no good suggestions for her. Can you help?
Any insights beyond Kegels & limiting fluids (which, IMO, isnt a great suggestion but one which is often made to women in this position.)?
Too many women I know are skipping certain types of workouts (jumprope is one which comes to mind immediately) for this very reason.
Hi, and thanks for your blog. I just found it. Tell me more about yourself as it seems you have little to no information as to who you are,age bracket, who might benefit from your blog, what credentilas you may have, etc. I like your posts, but who are you? Ned more info to feel comfortable in trusting you and info at your site, as well as telling friends and loved ones to go and visit your site.
I don’t mean to sound harsh, that is an unfortunate thing in emails. Just curious about you and the blog etc.
OK, now I think this email wasnt exactly asking about my bio (there was a snippet at the end I trimmed off where he inquired as to my location etc.) but it started me mulling the fact it might be time for another introduction.
A WHO IS THIS MIZFIT for new readers we’ve picked up along the proverbial way.
Sure, there is a bio up there —but that’s just the bare bones and I know it needs to be redone. Any offers to take that item from my ever growing to-do list?
So here’s a little more.
People often ask:
Are you a trainer? I was a personal trainer/owned a training studio (sold it when I moved states).
What are my credentilas? (ok, Im a child. I like that word though. say it with me: credentilas. see? it rolls nicely off the tongue.) Was a trainer, owned a studio, bachelors degree in english (fire away, people!) masters degree in educational counseling, Ph.D. in Real Housewives of Orange County with a minor in Real Housewives of NYC.
What’s my age bracket? Im not sure, Oh Bumbling Band, if the emailer meant you or me!
I’m 39 & 3/4. You’ll know when Im 40 by the nationwide fireworks event.
Who might benefit from my blog? That depends on what your definition of is BENEFIT is. My gut tells me it might not be you, oh emailer, but I mightcould be mistaken.
Do you work out all the time? How many hours a day? Im not about long workouts. Ever. I just try to move every day and be consistent. As explained here.
This whole shebang hath grown a lot longer than I initially intended so I shall simply wrap it up here.
Got some ideas for our home exerciser who breaks up her workout routine?
Info on kegel exercises you wanna share?
MORE questions about me & my credentilas?
Please to hit us all up in the comments.