In fact, more and more research suggest that 15 minutes is all you need to maintain those #GAINZ! What’s this you say? Fifteen minutes? Yep. That’s all it takes with one condition: You have to work at maximum effort.
Many of you are now familiar with Tabata-style workouts. The Tabata protocol was identified by and named after Izumi Tabata. His research showed that an 11-minute workout – five-minute warm up, four minutes of Tabata training (eight intervals of 20 seconds on/10 seconds off), and two minutes of cool down – drastically increased the VO2 max.
Subsequent research has supported Dr. Tabata’s findings, stating that 13-15 minutes of similar HIIT training can produce comparable results to 40-45 minutes of slow jogging. Tabata-style workouts are extraordinarily demanding, physically and mentally. However, it’s always easier to push yourself out of your comfort zone for short periods of time. Extending yourself physically acclimates the body and mind to the fear of the unknown.
When you’re committed to pushing your body, it carries over into other areas of life. Mens sana in corpore sano.... a healthy mind in a healthy body. The ancient Romans built a global empire on the foundation of physical health, and so can you.
The notion that you don’t have enough time to work out is a convenient dodge. It's simply false. We all have 15 minutes to spare throughout the day. You owe it to your body and your mind!
For some of my favorite daily regimens, check out D10: Inception and our upcoming D10 workouts on NEO U.