How are you feeling about exercising this summer? Many of us are time poor with the school holidays starting and the idea of going to the gym for a long workout or worse attempting a run in the heat is far from inspiring. But we don’t want to distrub our schedule or fitness that we have built up? Temperatures in Europe are particularly high at the moment and it’s hard to feel motivated in the heat.
Research has shown that short, sharp workouts are the answer especially at this time of year. Just 15/20 minutes of high intensity training 2 or 3 x a week can lead to better results than slow and steady workouts performed 5 x a week! Not only does it raise the heart rate, burn fat and boost your cardiovascular health but a short intense workout also will help improve bone and muscle strength too. You will start the day feeling energised, mood boosted and alert – all from the comfort of your own home (or holiday destination)!
So why are express workouts so effective? There is plenty of evidence to show that these sessions add up and with consistency can really get results. They are great for focus as they require concentration and for motivation as their variety keeps you interested! Less excuses to say no too with just a short time slot! When you work for shorter periods you are also more likely to push yourself harder. You can tailor them to different muscle groups or goals and they give a brilliant boost to your mental well being. An added bonus is that your risk of repetitive or overtraining injuries is reduced too – win win!
So what are my top tips for keeping your consistency over the summer?
- Start early – the heat is not your friend here
- Hydrate hydrate hydrate
- Wear SPF and light fabrics
- Take the trusty resistance band on your summer hols!
- Interval circuits vs a long run!
I have just launched a summer series of express workouts which are included in the platform. They are all interval training circuits which work different muscle groups and challenge the body, keeping the heart rate moderate to high with passive or active rest – they give the perfect mix of strength and cardio for the best results. These are available for you to do at your leisure with next to no equipment! You can use them as stand alone workouts, pair a couple together for a 30 min session or use them as a spicy finisher to another session you are planning!
If you have any questions please do get in touch.
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