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Four Tips For 20 Minute Workouts

23rd January, 2019 10:02:26 printer

Four Tips For 20 Minute Workouts

You don’t need a full hour or even a half hour to get an effective workout.

Let’s be honest. The best workout you can do is the one you will do. Whether you have an hour to spend or only 20 minutes, you have to do the work. But 20 minutes can be very effective if you keep a few things in mind.

Before Your Workout

Before you start your workout have a plan. Don’t waste any of your 20 minutes deciding what you are going to do that day. Be prepared with your plan and ready to go in the time you have. When you plan, determine the focus of your workout. Are you doing a cardio-based workout, want strength training or focus on stretching? Get specific so this workout helps you reach your goals.

Cardio Focus

To get that heart rate up and burn the most calories in your 20 minutes, a HIIT workout is probably your best bet. High-intensity interval training mixes active rest with high-intensity bursts to raise your heart rate and push your body. It is preceded by a warm-up and followed by a cooldown to gradually prepare your body for the work, and allow it to relax after your workout. You can choose the length of your active rest and higher bursts to push yourself and personalize your workout based on what you are doing: treadmill, bike, elliptical, stairs, jump rope, hills, rowing or anything else.

Strength Focus

Think circuit training, supersets or giant sets for a quick and effective strength training workout. Design a workout that you can move quickly from one exercise to the next in order to get the most bang for your buck in 20 minutes. You can get a great full body workout, or focus in on just a couple of muscle groups depending on your goals.

Lengthen Your Body

Stretching is important and you can stretch for 20 minutes if that’s what your body needs — and some do. Or you can flow and move, burn a little more calories and get a stretch with a quick 20-minute yoga session. If you don’t want a whole stretching workout, at least save enough time to stretch the muscles you worked that day.

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