As it turns out, it is possible for you to stay in shape by working out in just half an hour. A weight loss research that involved moderately overweight male participants reports that people who engage in a daily 30 minute-workout regimen for 3 months lose an average of 8 pounds. It fared 2 pounds better compared to the 6 pound-average weight loss for people who works out for an entire hour.
60 overweight men who were all keen on shedding off some pounds were randomly divided into two groups – designation A and B. Group A was a moderate exercise group and Group B was high exercise group.
For 13 weeks, the participants from the high exercise group (Group B) engaged in intensive exercises like running and cycling for a solid hour. The other group, on the other hand, worked out for only half an hour within the same 13 week-duration.
At the end of the study, the participants who worked out for half an hour (Group A) showed similar or even more promising results that those who worked out for a solid hour (Group B). Thus researchers concluded that a 30 minute-workout blitz works better than an hour long workout.
What Makes For An Effective 30 Minute-Workout
According to 2006 Trainer of the Year Jonathan Ross, for your daily 30 minute-workout to be effective, it should consist of both resistance and cardiovascular training.
Ross likes to think that a workout that is two-thirds resistance training and one-third cardiovascular training works best. When translated into a 30 minute workout regimen, that’s 20 minutes of resistance training and 10 minutes of cardio.
For people to transform their body into a lean and mean fighting machine, a workout that constantly demands for more intensity is what is required.