A new year usually brings along the same busy schedules. You show up in every aspect of your life and sometimes you find that leaves little time to show up for your own time to sweat. But even with a minimal window, your body and mind will always thank you for committing to a even a quick workout. We talked with Peloton Tread instructors Olivia Amato and Selena Samuela to learn more why even a 20 minute workout can still be effective in helping you stay committed to your fitness goals.
Quality vs. Quantity
While 20 minutes may not seem like enough time for a workout, Olivia challenges you to remember that it’s all about quality over quantity. “Remember, if you give 100 percent effort in that 20 minute workout, you’ll get more out of it than giving 60% during a 45 min workout,” says Olivia, and fitting in a quick workout is better than no workout at all. “It can be anything from yoga, walking, cycling or running,” Olivia says. “For example, even a short run allows me to take time for myself and clear my head–it takes me to my place where I can let go of the things I can’t control and step into a more positive headspace whether it’s 10 minutes or 60 minutes!”
Focus On Effectiveness
When your time is limited, choose classes that get that heart rate up. Olivia suggests tapping in to any HIIT run on Peloton Digital. “High intensity interval training is where you alternate short bursts of high intensity efforts followed by short recoveries,” says Olivia. “It’s the perfect workout to do when you only have 20 minutes or so.”
If you’re looking for doses of both cardio and strength, that’s just a tap away too. “The Bootcamp classes include both running and strength portions so you’ll hit both disciplines,” says Selena. And if you’re having trouble choosing or want to hit a specific area, building your own playlist of 5- or 10-minute classes works too. “There’s so much great snackable and stackable content to choose from on Peloton Digital in order to build an amazing 20 minute workout,” says Selena.
Keep Building On The Work
The most important thing about a 20-minute workout is that you chose to be there, and you reinforced your commitment to yourself and your fitness routine. “When was the last time you regretted showing up and doing the work?,” says Selena, “Never, right?” Simply moving your body for 20 minutes during a busy day will keep the blood flowing and keep you committed to doing what’s best for you. “You don’t have to do your best work every day, you just have to do the work–every day we get a little stronger, a little faster, we have a little more heart and a little more power–who’s with me?”
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