The title of this post says it all. How do I know this is? Because I’ve experienced it first hand after pulling back and chilling out a bit with my workouts while getting the same results. You don’t have to run 6 miles, 3 is ok and actually better for you overall. You don’t necessarily have to do a 45-minute cardio circuit workout, 20-minutes will suffice. And you certainly don’t have to do a an hour long yoga practice, unless you want to of course.
Why? Well, in addition to the research to prove it, you can still make a significant impact on your body working out less and in addition, you could also be saving yourself from potential harm in the long run with the overuse of joints, bones and muscles. This is what happened to me. I was working out hard and long at least 6 days per week when suddenly my left knee gave out. I had a torn meniscus that needed surgery and rehab; which took some time and gave me a new perspective, but not enough.
I started working on my upper body more as I was recovering with lots of “hard” pushups, planks and weights; then came the bicep tendonitis. At first I thought that I was just sore from all of the exercise, but when the pain started to spread down my arm, over my shoulder and up my neck, I knew something was wrong. First order of business with a diagnosis like this is to stop doing any sort of upper body exercises paired with high doses anti-inflammatory drugs then rehab again.
Within one year both my lower body and upper body were screaming out for mercy, but since I knew that exercise will always be a part of my life, I had to find workouts that gave me the same results while not overpowering my body. I simply had been working out too hard for too long and finally came to the realization that there’s no need for that to look and feel my best.
Here are 4 of my short effective workouts that offer a mixture of cardio, strengthening and elongating exercises that make me feel wonderful without taking too much of my time. Whatever exercises you choose to do, remember that something is always better than nothing, move your body, stay healthy and eat wisely.
Jillian Michaels Kickbox Fastfix is a workout DVD that offers three tough 20-minute workouts that I do every week. They fit into any busy schedule while giving you a kick butt workout that will break a sweat and make you feel strong, mentally and physically.
Physique 57 Thigh & Seat Booster is one of the most impactful body sculpting 30-minutes you’ll ever experience. This barre type workout will tone your lower body like no other; while also strengthening your center at the same time.
Personal Circuit Training with Jackie Warner offers 5 powerful workout options with 4 of them being only 15-minutes long. You have the option to pick and choose which workouts you’d like to do each day with each one focuses on a different area of the body. These workouts offer serious body-changing results that don’t take a lot of time.
The Ballet Physique “Amped Up” should be in every workout DVD library because it offers short bursts of exercises categorized into sections that work on different areas of the body or you can choose to do the whole workout in its entirety. I love the thigh, butt and ab exercise options the most and will do 1 or 2 of them per day.
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