Try Express Fitness for a Great Way to Lose Weight

December 29, 2016

If you never seem to find the time to exercise you’ll love the express fitness trend. From 10-minute toning classes sneaked in on the way to work to 15-minute in-the-office calorie-busting fitness sessions, quickie workouts could revolutionise the way you do exercise.

A range of research reveals that shorter bursts of higher intensity exercise are the key to staying fit and healthy and living for longer.

One study published in the British Journal of Spots Medicine adds evidence to what most of us already suspected, that sitting down all day can increase the risk of various health problems. Greater incidence of high blood pressure, diabetes and weight gain are all found to be linked to our sit-around lifestyles.

However, health experts connected to the study claim that we could improve our health by taking exercise in “short and regular bursts” during the day.

A scientific study carried out at the University of California also found that just 15 minutes of energetic exercise each day could be all it takes to increase our life expectancy.

Other research has clearly shown that shorter but harder keep-fit sessions can reap big benefits. While you do need to work more intensely for shorter durations the results can be the same as a longer, slower session.

How to slot in a quick burst of exercise

Quickie fitness workouts include running up the stairs at the office instead of taking the lift or going for a brisk walk during your lunch hour.

The fitness industry has also recognised that busy people need shorter fitness sessions.

Gyms now have half-hour classes, some even have 10 or 15-minute abs sessions, at times to suit people on their way to and from work, or squeezed into their lunch hour.

Fitness videos are also perfect for slotting into busy schedules. For example you could set the alarm clock a little earlier and get up to do a 15-minute DVD or video workout or go for a brisk wak or jog.

Or you could pop your evening meal to cook in the oven and then embark on the muscle toning workout using tins of baked beans as weights. Try squats, lunges, calf raises, sit ups and bicep curls.

Walking and jogging are great for time-poor exercisers

So many people claim they do not have enough time to keep-fit but surely they can manage a brisk 20-minute walk on the way to work. Try getting off the bus a few stops earlier or walk the children to and from school each day.

Adding a pair of keep-fit must-haves, Masai Barefoot Technology shoes (MBTs) or Reebok EasyTones, to walking can bring even greater benefits.

It’s claimed that both types of footwear make the toning and weight loss effects of walking more effective over a shorter distance.

Of course, many fitness experts believe that “more” is better when it comes to exercise – and that we shouldn’t encourage people to do less. But sometimes we just have to accept that doing anything is better than nothing.

Persuading someone who does no exercise to join even one short fitness class or to do an express fitness video that’s squeezed in between work and home time is surely a step in the right direction.

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