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Is it Possible to Get Fit with 10 Minute Workouts

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Does a short Workout help?

The Dream!

At some point or another we have all heard about the amazing results you can get from supplements or the miracle results you can get from doing hardly any exercise at all, without putting any real hard work in.

Most of the time these are dangerous and nothing but hype so don’t be fooled!  I saw one recently that very nearly hooked me, but I when I did a search for product reviews, the fact that it was a £99 auto ship product; definitely put me off ordering.

I also read on fitness forums how such products are pointless anyway. If you don’t put in the work of exercising to tone and build a physique, all the supplements and vitamins in the world are not going to help you.

So how can you get fit?

What other myths are out there?  My research led me to write this post.  Some of you may have also heard that you can get fit from working out for just 10 minutes a day according to health professionals and physical trainers.

But let’s have a think about it, is this really possible? And what, if any… exercise can give you great health benefits in only 10 minutes.

Here are some facts!

When you change your routine you are changing your whole body chemistry.

You may be quite healthy and then decide to stop exercising and eat only foods that are bad for you. If you do this you are going to become unhealthy very quickly.

Also, if you are very unfit and inactive and then decide to start working out, you are going to become fit quickly.

The thing to remember is any exercise that you complete, even if it is just for 10 minutes, is definitely better than not doing any exercise at all.

With this in mind, if you are not doing any sort of exercise and then start finding the time to complete just 10 minutes a day, you are going to start reaping some great health benefits.

Losing body weight

In order to get rid of 1 pound of body weight, you need to lose 3,500 more calories than what you actually take in.

So it is going to take some hard work and exercise if you want to burn a lot of fat, lose weight and get into shape. Regular, longer workouts will be required to do this.

This is because you can roughly burn 100-150 calories if you complete 10 minutes of exercise.

When you are burning calories through actual physical activity, this is making your heart and respiratory system stronger as well as your muscles, which is going to lead to physical fitness.

Putting that into perspective you would need to complete around 23-35 sessions of 10 minute exercises in order to get rid of 1 pound of body weight.

Although that may seem like a lot, it is not a pointless exercise to complete just 10 minutes.

That is a key point, what I actually took away from my research is the fact that regular longer sessions are the way to go, but if you are pressed for time a quick 10 minute training session is not a waste of time.

 

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5 Surprising Benefits of Bodyweight Training

Benefits of Bodyweight Training

It doesn’t matter what age you are, anyone can and will benefit from bodyweight training.

It is something that has been around for thousands of years and long before any gym or weight training equipment was even invented.

Those that used bodyweight training as their main source of exercise were The Romans, Ancient Greeks, Indian Wrestlers, Shaolin Monks and Egyptians.

The reason this was and still is so popular is because it actually works and can be done practically anywhere.

Have a look at these reasons of how we can all gain from the benefits of bodyweight training:

Great for Weight Loss/Management

Bodybuilding is primarily known for its muscle building and not necessarily its calorie burning ability.

However, muscle mass burns calories and the more muscle you have, the more calories you are going to burn even when you are at a resting rate.

It has a long term result when it comes to weight management and loss.

Helps You to Stay Flexible

As we get older we are not as flexible as we used to be and we lose bone mass.

Bodyweight training and exercises use concentric and eccentric contraction which means it works your joints through their full range of motion improving their flexibility.

You will be thankful for this later in life as your joints won’t be as painful.

It Can Make Your Life Easier

Bodyweight training focuses on the muscles you use the most in everyday life and developing them.

Simple things like carrying in the shopping bags can be hard work and sometimes painful if your muscles are not toned and developed the same as vacuuming and doing the laundry.

If you have toned muscles these tasks will feel like a walk in park.

Can Improve Your Mental Health

When you exercise, your heart rate increases making the blood in our veins and arteries pump faster.

This in turn will remove waste out of our cells and bring in more oxygen and hormones that are needed for great health.

Our brain cells also benefit from this same thing meaning that you will feel less stressed and be able to think more clearly.

Helps You to Sleep Better

Cortisol is our stress hormone and completing bodyweight training home workout routines will reduce this.

As you will feel less stressed you will be able to drift off to sleep easier and quicker and also get a better quality of sleep.

The following day after a great sleep, you will feel and look good as well as having toned and stronger muscles over time.

It won’t be long before you will be telling all your friends about the benefits of bodyweight training and the excellent results you are reaping from it.

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Home Workout Routines (Using Bodyweight Training)

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A lot of fitness enthusiasts are raving on about the latest home workout routines craze which is bodyweight strength training.

It is a favorite of a lot of people because it is free and is something that can be done practically anywhere!

You Decide Where You Want to do Them

You don’t necessarily need equipment to complete bodyweight training and if you do it weighs almost nothing and takes up very little space.

You can choose if you want to complete your workout outside or at home, but either way you can more or less do the same routines irrespective of your location.

A low wall or chair will do the job for your tricep dips and a lightweight resistance band to work your biceps. You simply need yourself for the rest like lunges and planks.

Create Your Own Workouts

You can easily create your own home workout routines which will give you both cardio and strength training.

Exercises like high knees and burpees are your cardio side, and then complete your sets of strength training like lunges or push-ups.

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is intense and short workouts that are very easy to do.

You will see quick results with these as there is no need for equipment; you are not losing any time going from equipment to equipment.

Cardio and strength training combined as a workout is great because you are burning fat whilst completing the routine and for a long time once the workout is over.

This is due to your metabolism continuing long after your workout has finished known as the after burn.

Your muscle mass will develop and this needs more calories even while your resting so your calories burnt each day will be a lot higher.

Don’t be fooled, bodyweight training is tough even if you are the fittest person in the world!

Adjust the intensity of the workout to suit your fitness level in order to achieve the best results.

Your Workout Routines are Free

Some people think that you need to pay a gym membership every month in order to get fit but this isn’t the case.

Bodyweight training is becoming more and more popular because of the fact that there is little or no expense. Being able to complete it anywhere you like is also a huge benefit.

One dumbbell for your weighted lunges, a set of resistance bands and an exercise mat would be the maximum equipment you would need to buy for strength training but it is not essential.

Your own body weight and determination is all that is required.

After seeing all of the benefits of bodyweight training it’s easy to see why it is becoming so popular!