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  • Short On Time: Is This Okay?

    Hello,

    Recently, I've decided 2017 will be the year I get fit again. I've been putting it off but I've made my decision. However, my life is currently crammed with work and other responsibilities. Every single day is a nonstop ride for me. I've been able to carve out 13 minutes every day for just exercise which will get me to the recommended 75 minutes of vigorous exercise a week. I've decided to do H.I.I.T. every day to burn more in less time.

    But this is my problem: I need to workout 11 minutes everyday using H.I.I.T. That leaves me with about 2 minutes for warm-up time and cooldown time. Most exercise articles show that 5 minute warmups are recommended. Does this seem like a fine/safe daily workout routine?

    13 minutes (7 days a week)
    -----------------------------------------
    -62 second warm-up
    -11 minute H.I.I.T.
    -52 second cooldown

    My questions are:

    Does this seem like an adequate routine and would the warm-up/cooldown time be sufficient in proportion to the workout time?
    When articles/people say 5 minute warmups are recommended, what amount of exercise time are they referring to? 5 minute warmup for a 30 minute workout?

    Thank you very much.


  • #2
    Depending on what time of day you workout you can skip the warmup/cooldown if you want. When I workout in the morning (first thing) I do a warm up just to get things moving but if I do it after work I just dive straight in and not worry about it. HIIT is a good call either way to get that nice burn in.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Azercord View Post
      Depending on what time of day you workout you can skip the warmup/cooldown if you want. When I workout in the morning (first thing) I do a warm up just to get things moving but if I do it after work I just dive straight in and not worry about it. HIIT is a good call either way to get that nice burn in.
      Interesting. However, how long do you recommend someone, based on experience, warmup before an 11 minute H.I.I.T. session? Do you think my 1 minute and 4 second full body warmup is enough for my 11 minute workout? I'll be working out about an hour and 20 minutes after waking up (I start off the day with 9 quick jumping jacks)? I wake at 5:10 a.m. every morning.

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      • #4
        The last time I did a 5 minute warm up was for an hour long, iron-pumping workout, so you should be fine with 1 minute warm-up for 11 minutes of HIIT . And just guessing here, but if by the time you work out, you have already been walking from place to place, whether it be in your home or workplace, then you may not need the warm-up, because that walking would have warmed you up enough already that you could get right into the HIIT and then have a 2 minute cool down.

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        • #5
          Yeah I'd have to agree with Brontus , don't worry about the warm up and add that time to the cool down. Better to be able to give a little extra time to working out any possible kinks that may show up.

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          • #6
            joeythewhale And the good news is that soon you'll be able to work out for longer, since excercise improves quality of sleep. Who knows, maybe in less than a month you'll have the endurance to wake up earlier and make those 13 minutes 30

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