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15-Minutes a Day Exercise Weight Loss Program

May 17, 2022

You Really Can Lose Weight by Exercising in Small Bursts

In today’s busy world it can seem impossible to carve out enough time for yourself to go to the gym. Before work? After? Personally, getting eight hours of sleep seems like a much better deal than trudging to the gym while it’s still dark outside. Not to mention the after-work exhaustion that kicks in on the way home. It’s tough when you have a busy lifestyle to not just slump onto the couch, phone in hand, and relax for the rest of the day. And let’s be honest, who isn’t busy these days?

So, what is the solution? Well, I’m glad you asked. Recent studies have shown that high-intensity interval strength training for fifteen minutes a day can lead to weight loss, strength building, and overall wellness for cardiovascular health. Referred to as “HIIT” or high-intensity interval training, this exercise regimen alternates two phases. There are short, energetic bursts of activity followed by a less intense recovery period. The best thing about it? You’ll see those results in even less time than you would with a moderate-intensity workout. 

There’s also great news for folks with heart disease. Studies have shown that when they use the HIIT exercise method, cardio health and fitness is improved by almost twice as much as compared with moderate intensity workouts. It also looks good on the strength-gaining aspect. When compared to traditional strength training and resistance training, HIIT outperforms both with flying colors. 

Now, let’s talk weight loss because that’s why we’re here, right? When we compare results from HIIT to traditional cardio we see that HIIT wins that competition. The reason is due to the longevity of the health benefits of HIIT, which include an increase in energy expenditure and fat loss which can last for hours after you exercise. 

I know you must be thinking “Wait! Can you lose weight by exercising 15 minutes a day? Is 15 minutes of exercise a day enough?” The answer is yes, and I know because it has been working wonderfully for me.

As skeptical as I am, once I heard about HIIT I decided to give it a try. I thought it would be too much, but I found the short bursts of intensity that HIIT requires is a lot easier than maintaining a steady pace for longer periods of time. In just 90 days I am down 32 pounds and still losing. It works for me because I no longer have to cram an hour into my already busy day before or after work to head to the gym. Now, thanks to the flexibility of the HIIT program, I can do this all from the comfort of my home on my own time and I don’t have to wear matching socks or worry about other gym-goers seeing the awkward sweat patterns on my gym clothes. On top of that, I can see my workout results much faster than I normally would from my daily cardio and medium-intensity workouts. I fully recommend giving it a chance. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Christina Wheeler

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