Workouts: 60 mins or bust?

For some reason, myself included in the past, most people I talk to feel like workouts need to be 45-60 minutes long each time, minimum.

That’s an amazing time to shoot for if you have the time and lifestyle to support it.

If you work, have kids, have hobbies other than health and fitness, have pets, have a house to maintain (you get the picture) finding an hour a day can actually be quite challenging.

My advice to you, find a block of time, ANY block of time for ANY length of time and use it.

There is nothing wrong with working out for 15-20 minutes after you take the dog for a walk. It is doing something for your mind and body. You don’t have to completely crush yourself into a sweaty mess with each workout. (Although that does feel amazing from time to time).

The issue, in my opinion, is that online and on TV there are plans and videos out there that make people want to reach the goal of having a fitness magazine ready body. Is that what you really want? If yes, then you need to sacrifice more time and energy.

If you want to feel healthy, drop a few lbs, and have more energy, then workout when it works for you, and make it something you enjoy.

For me, here are some of my fave videos that I rock (for free) each morning after I wake up (and after I walk the dog):

Years ago, I would have felt that workouts this length would have done nothing, but after having this routine for 6 months (5 of which I’ve been pregnant) I feel awesome, full of energy and I feel like it contributes to my day, rather than remove time from it.

So do your thing! Workout for the amount of time that works for you (and don’t explain yourself to anyone).  🙂

Author: Jackie

Jackie is a certified holistic nutritionist (with the Alive Academy out of Richmond, B.C.) in her spare time. Full-time she works in an office (like many of you!) and is always looking for ways to make her busy life happy and healthy. She is a mom to 2 lovely daughters, and a wife to a picky-eater husband who always keeps her on her toes when she is creating healthy recipes.

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