(CARLSBAD, CA) - A famine has swept across the nation in the twenty-first century, robbing men, women, and children of a precious commodity – time! And Americans are finding it increasingly difficult to fit an exercise regimen into their packed schedules.
The fitness industry has responded with a streamlined solution called the express workout. According to Cedric Bryant, chief exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the express workout is the answer to the number one complaint among prospective exercisers – they don’t have enough time!
Since fitness consumers are time-starved, health clubs and organizations across the country are increasingly offering 30-45 minute express options to replace more traditional one-hour workouts. Even classes such as yoga, spinning, and Jazzercise now have shorter versions of their conventional class formats.
Critics of the express workout claim that 30 minutes is insufficient for health and fitness benefits. But the United States Surgeon General disagrees. The Surgeon General actually recommends 30 minutes of daily physical activity and cites numerous related benefits. These include reduced risk of premature death, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, depression and anxiety.
Recent scientific research validates the Surgeon General’s recommendation. According to a study published by the American College of Sports Medicine, women who exercised an average of 176 minutes per week (six 30-minute sessions) for one year lost body weight, lowered body fat percentage, and decreased visceral and subcutaneous abdominal fat. Meanwhile, the American Heart Association states that exercising 30 minutes on most days can reduce the risk of heart disease by up to 40 percent.
Perhaps the most valuable benefit of shorter workouts is that they often launch would-be exercisers into a fitness program. Some exercise is always better than no exercise, and the appeal of the express format provides an excellent starting point for couch potatoes who are reluctant to hop on the treadmill.
If you decide to embark upon an express workout routine, keep in mind one of the keys to fitness success is mixing up your routine. Completing the same repetitive movements during each 30-minute session will likely result in a plateau, and you may stop seeing results. That’s why Jazzercise CEO Judi Sheppard Missett develops new choreography with a variety of cardio, strength, and stretch exercises for maximum effectiveness in her workouts.
Can’t make it to an official express workout at a gym or fitness club? Try a 30-minute brisk walk around your neighborhood in the evening or near your workplace during lunchtime. The most important point to keep in mind is simply to get moving and keep moving.
Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,500 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.