The Growing Popularity of the 20 Minute Workout

When Less Is More

fit20 Writing Team

All it takes is one quick internet search for “20 Minute Workouts” and a host of articles, exercise suggestions and videos are at your fingertips.  Whether you’re doing a high-intensity workout or a low intensity workout studies have shown that short workouts have the ability to improve fitness, heart health, cholesterol and can maintain or increase muscle mass.  Short 20-minute workouts also provide important psychological motivation, that even people who aren’t fans of working out are more inclined to do it if it’s just 20 minutes.   

Which 20-minute Workout Will Work for You?

Finding the right workout regime for your physical abilities, your age, and your schedule are important to avoid injury and to ensure you can commit to consistency. If you’re under the age of 40, high-intensity workouts such as weight training, pushups, and fast-paced interval training can help you achieve maximum results and require more focus than longer cardio type exercise. However, even if you are under the age of 40 the risk for serious injury is high. The exhaustive bursts in-between minutes of rest can be too much of that high intensity for some, and the risk of injury are some of the reasons why slow controlled movement high-intensity resistance training is becoming a popular alternative.

Who Benefits from Controlled High-Intensity Resistance Training?

Exercise after 40 is critical to help fight age-related weight gain, chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, depression, and even cancer while reducing muscle and bone loss. While keeping fit after 40 has tremendous health benefits, this is also the time in your life when injuries, aches, and pains start to occur.  That’s because those knees, hips, and shoulders we’ve been putting to work in our 20’s and 30’s can no longer tolerate the pounding they used to. But it’s important not to give up on working out in your 40’s and beyond.  Exercise is more important than ever in order to maintain strong bones, steady balance, and strong muscles, all things that begin to deteriorate. A good variety of controlled high-intensity slow movement resistance training and cardio like walking, tennis, or swimming will have anti-aging effects on the body. The key is to find a slow movement strength training workout that will limit injuries, reduce recovery time, and keeps you mentally engaged.

Which 20-minute Workout Will Work for You?

Finding the right workout regime for your physical abilities, your age, and your schedule are important to avoid injury and to ensure you can commit to consistency. If you’re under the age of 40, high-intensity workouts such as weight training, pushups, and fast-paced interval training can help you achieve maximum results and require more focus than longer cardio type exercise. However, even if you are under the age of 40 the risk for serious injury is high. The exhaustive bursts in-between minutes of rest can be too much of that high intensity for some, and the risk of injury are some of the reasons why slow controlled movement high-intensity resistance training is becoming a popular alternative.

Who Benefits from Controlled High-Intensity Resistance Training?

Exercise after 40 is critical to help fight age-related weight gain, chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, depression, and even cancer while reducing muscle and bone loss. While keeping fit after 40 has tremendous health benefits, this is also the time in your life when injuries, aches, and pains start to occur.  That’s because those knees, hips, and shoulders we’ve been putting to work in our 20’s and 30’s can no longer tolerate the pounding they used to. But it’s important not to give up on working out in your 40’s and beyond.  Exercise is more important than ever in order to maintain strong bones, steady balance, and strong muscles, all things that begin to deteriorate. A good variety of controlled high-intensity slow movement resistance training and cardio like walking, tennis, or swimming will have anti-aging effects on the body. The key is to find a slow movement strength training workout that will limit injuries, reduce recovery time, and keeps you mentally engaged.

The Benefits of High-Intensity Slow Movement

Resistance Training

Start at Your Own Speed

Resistance training allows you the chance to start at your level of fitness. 

You Will Get Stronger

As you stay consistent and slowly increase the intensity of your workout you will see and feel results in weeks and months.

You Will Burn Fat

Slow-paced strength training still burns calories and fat. Research suggests body fat is reduced by similar amounts between high and low-intensity exercise.

Your Bones and Joints Will Thank You

It doesn't have to hurt to work. It’s about finding something you enjoy, that doesn’t cause injury or pain and fits into your schedule, so you stick with it.

The takeaway here is that getting exercise is important for physical and mental health. You don’t need hours in a gym every week to get in a good strength training workout. Slow measured movements in 20-minute intervals, just once a week, will reduce the chance of injury and make it easy for you to stay consistent. Find an exercise program that works for your lifestyle, your schedule, and one that you can do with a trainer solo or with friends. Keeping your body and mind healthy will help you live a fuller life today and for years to come.

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