The latest Montana Moves video is featured this month in our online Incentive Program, but we also wanted to post it here in case anyone missed it!
Lack of time is often used as an excuse for missing exercise.
“Just too busy today.” “I meant to get to the gym, but I just ran out of time.” “The day just got away from me.”
Sound familiar? We’ve all said things like this, and your Exercise Specialist is no exception. In fact, the time in my life when I probably missed workouts most often due to a hectic schedule is when I actually worked in a gym! Ironic.
I won’t steal too much thunder from the video, but researchers have shown that with high intensity circuits, you can actually get a pretty good workout in a very short amount of time—in our case, just nine minutes! So next time you’re short on time, just remember that “Something is better than nothing!”
The format goes something like this:
- 8-12 Exercises. Mostly body weight.
- 30 seconds of high quality (intense) work
- 15 seconds of rest (take more if you’re a beginner)
- After the circuit is complete, cool down, or take a short break and repeat the circuit if time allows.
The advantages of this style of workout include:
- Minimal equipment necessary.
- It can be done pretty much anywhere. No gym required.
- There is a cardio and strength component.
- It’s a full-body, balanced workout.
- It’s adaptable—choose exercises & intervals that fit your fitness level.
- You don’t need big time commitment to do it.
- In a research study, the experimental group performing this workout showed improvements in body fat, insulin sensitivity, aerobic capacity, and muscular fitness.
P.S. As a final disclaimer, I’m not suggesting you ditch your existing routine in favor of doing only 9 or 10 minutes of exercise per day! But it is nice to know that when we’re short on time, we can still get in an effective workout.