Use Shorter Workouts to Build Consistency

Most experts recommend that you engage in up to 90 minutes of physical activity most days of the week, emphasizing that you gradually work your way up to that duration. However, a recent study conducted at Boston Sports Clubs found that participants who exercised for 20-30 minutes did so more consistently than those involved in 45-60 minute workout sessions. This study shows that you’re more likely to stick to a shorter duration workout than a longer one. 

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If you’re having trouble staying consistent with exercise (and most of you tell us you are ), try a shorter workout session. Tell yourself that you’ll exercise for 10 or 15 minutes, and follow through with it. Of course 10 minutes of exercise is better than totally skipping a workout. But, once you’ve hit that small goal (whether it’s 5, 10, or 20 minutes), ask yourself if you could keep going. You may find that planning on a short workout is enough to get you to the gym, and once you’re there, you can do a lot more than you thought.

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Member Comments

I've actually experienced this when trying to recover from a physical injury. A little bit, proper form, built into longer and more involved movements are absolutely key.

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Fewer excuses for just 10-15 min. of exercise @ a time. makes it feel more do-able. Report
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I like this and have actually been doing it, but not on purpose. Now I can continue and not feel guilty. Report
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About The Author

Nicole Nichols
Nicole Nichols
A certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with a bachelor's degree in health education, Nicole loves living a healthy and fit lifestyle and helping others do the same. Nicole was formerly SparkPeople's fitness expert and editor-in-chief, known on the site as "Coach Nicole." Make sure to explore more of her articles and blog posts.