written by Dr. Lisa Folden | Owner of Healthy Phit Physical Therapy & Wellness | Charlotte, North Carolina
It is the new year and we all know that means making plans to get and stay healthy. In this article, Lisa Folden shares with us why shorter workouts are beneficial for us busy working female professionals.
1. Short workouts are easier to commit to – The more feasible a workout is, the more likely it is that a person will do it. The REAL key to ANY fitness plan is CONSISTENCY. If you find yourself yo-yo-ing through fitness programs, it may simply be that the exercises are too challenging or complicated for you. Some people are motivated by a challenge, but many others feel less accomplished and more discouraged when they’re not able to keep up with a workout. Those negative feelings breed less desire for exercise in general.
2. Short workouts are also easier to incorporate into your daily life – Setting aside 1-2 hours each day to workout is not a very attractive option for most. The way many of us are constantly juggling so many responsibilities, being able to squeeze exercises into an already busy day can be difficult. Adding 15-30 min to the start, end or even middle of your day is much easier than some of the alternatives.
3. Short circuit workouts are calorie-crushers – Circuit training is a double duty workout because it involves strength training with the benefits of cardio. The workouts require very short (or no) breaks in between sets. This achieves a nice heart rate boost and improves your overall cardiovascular endurance.
Next time you are dreading your workout, remember the goal is to move your body and to do what you can. If you’ve only got 15 minutes, use it.
Dr. Lisa Folden is a licensed physical therapist and mom lifestyle coach. As a movement and women’s health expert, she helps busy moms find they’re ‘healthy.’ She provides guidance on the wellness journey through optimal organization, planning strategies, and holistic goal setting.
The owner of Healthy Phit Physical Therapy & Wellness in Charlotte, NC, Dr. Folden works with clients recovering from pain and injury. In addition to managing a private practice and being a wife, Dr. Lisa is a #PhitMom of three and published author of “Healthy Made Easy: The Ultimate Wellness Guide for Busy Moms.”
Dr. Folden has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Shape Magazine, Livestrong, and more.