How To Fit Exercise Into Your Busy Life

People have the misconception that exercise is only good if you have 60 minutes in your day. You can fit exercise into life, rather than structuring life around exercise. In fact, fitness routines that require little equipment and less time are more popular.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, people will ditch fitness apps and activity trackers for back to basics fitness this year. A recent survey of fitness professionals suggests more of us will get back to basics with more resistance training, group fitness and high intensity interval training.

Because we are busier than ever, most of us prefer quick fitness routines and high intensity interval training. At MOXIE, our Fusion 3-2-1 sequences involve short bursts of high intensity exercise such as jumping jacks followed by a short periods or rest and can take 40 minutes or less from start to finish.

These sequences are designed to stress the body in all areas affected by exercise, including the heart, muscles and metabolism. All systems are pushed to the limit in 40 minutes or less, as a result, the body’s response is to function more efficiently allowing participants to get into shape quicker than moderate intensity exercise. Studies show 5-10 minutes of high intensity exercise can deliver the same results as 40 minutes of moderate exercise.

If you are new to fitness, check with your doctor first and MOXIE will guide you on how to adapt to your own physical condition. As we get older, our muscles are not as elastic and pliable and we may not be able to tolerate these intense workouts. It is important to gradually add these workouts from one to three times per week to avoid injury.

Back to basics routines involving bodyweight exercises, lunges, pushups and planks are expected to be popular this year. If there is equipment, it will be minimal such as weights,  kettle bells, resistance bands, ropes and TRX.

In Fusion 3-2-1 participants alternate between jumping, cardio drills, and kicking & punching moves that are inspired by martial arts. The workout lasts about 40 minutes, including a warm up and cool down. Exercising together beats exercising alone. New research suggests “connection” to others in working toward a common fitness goal makes a big difference in being able to stick with a routine — which may be why personal training is less popular this year and group training is up. Check out group fitness and our new Fusion 3-2-1 at MOXIE.

American College of Sports Medicine, 2018
National Public Radio, Inc., 2018

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