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How Much Time Must I Workout To Get Results

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For years you’ve been told that in order to get results your workout needs to be at least 60 minutes to get results. Look, you aren’t alone in this thinking. Back in the day the only way I would judge a good workout is if it was 2 hours. My husband and I used to workout in the morning together and I would get pissed if he had to cut our 2 hour workout short for an early morning meeting. It meant that I had to either go at lunch or after work to “make it up”. 

I continued these 2 hour workouts for almost a decade and every time I did less than 60 minutes, I would ask myself did I do enough. If you look at most Crossfit style workouts they are 20 minutes or less. Those athletes are able to get results in a short amount of time. The fitness industry has told us that your workouts can’t possibly get the best results in less than 60 minutes. It’s so easy to fall into that trap. You’ve been bought into you must hustle for that muscle culture and if you aren’t hustling then you are not disciplined or committed. 

It can be hard to let go of this belief, the stories you’ve programmed yourself to believe, but have you fully considered how long you can keep up these workouts? How consistent are you with these workouts? Do your workouts bring you joy? Or are you just chasing results at any cost?

I don’t know about you, but I had to start to bring joy back to my workouts. My gym was having a kettlebell challenge and it was just the thing I needed. By the end of the challenge the goal was to be able to do 100 kettlebell snatches in 5 minutes. This was my first time doing time-based workouts. These workouts worked my full body while leaving me breathless, sweaty, and moving heavy weights in less time. WOW was I loving my workouts again, I was motivated and my consistency was through the roof. I was able to combine my cardio and my strength training in one. 

These workouts shifted my focus from how long to intensity. I was no longer on the elliptical waiting for me to burn 400 calories while binging the Kardashians. I was no longer craving like a mofo and my energy was through the roof. 

So let me ask you. Do you really want to keep doing these grinding soul crushing workouts that no longer bring you joy or do you want to find a way to not only hit your goals, but finally slide into your favorite pair of jeans with ease. 

How do you judge your workouts? Intensity, time or muscle soreness (leave your comment below) 

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