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Minute made: Short, high intensity workouts benefit more than longer ones

How many times have you seen a workout advertised as being efficient enough to produce results in only a few minutes per day?
Eight minute abs.
10 minute Trainer.
Get toned in 20.
Who wouldn't want to spend as little time as possible sweating and slaving over an open gym floor or trying to find the time at home or after work in the midst of everything else you have to do a workout that isn't so fleeting that its not even worth bothering.

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The irony is that some gym goers and others who exercise frequently will spend not minutes but hours in the gym. You hear talk of that a lot with celebrities who are preparing for a movie role and how they spent 7 hours per day working out.
Well unless you're Bradley Cooper or Tom Cruise, you don't have that kind of time, which is why when you see a workout come around that promises to do it all for you in just a small amount of time, you're highly interested.
Getting rock hard abs in seven minutes or a body that is ready for the beach in 10 sounds pretty good, but does it really work? Do those claims actually mean more than just savvy marketing for the sake of selling DVDs to to the masses?
The truth is high intensity training, with minimal amount of rest do two things: they get the heart rate moving and anyone who knows anything about exercise knows when you reach a safe, fat burning heart rate your body tends to produce results even more efficiently. If you spend 10 or 15 minutes at that optimal heart rate level and do exercise that incorporate cardiovascular work and strength training, then that is the one two punch that you need, and certainly not spending hours working muscles so specifically and finitely that you end up overexercising or simply wasting time rather than being efficient with it.
Exercise always is going to be something that you either love or you know you have to do. For the former, you don't mind sticking to your routine and maybe spending at moment 45 minutes to an hour in the gym because you've built that routine into your day.
If exercise isn't your cup of tea, then finding a balance between feeling good and knowing that you don't have to spend more time than necessary to achieve what you want out of it is paramount.

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