(Closed) The best 30 minute workout?

posted 11 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
174 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

Have you tried the 30 Day Shred? It’s a great combination of cardio & strength training, and it’s only 20 minutes! From what I’ve read, interval training is the best way to burn calories and fat. Jillian is very inspiring, and I always feel like I’ve had a good workout when I do this video at home. Plus the only equipment needed are a set of dumbbells and a mat.

Good luck! 🙂

Post # 4
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Annie,  I’m thinking a couple of things:

1) keeping your workout fresh and interesting is just as important to getting your ultimate result as the type of exercise.  If you get bored of something you are less likely to do it, right?

2) In my practice, I do recommend 30 minutes of cardio, 5 days a week… not for weight loss, but for overall health.  Your cardio workout does just that– works the heart, and therefore is crucial to our health and well-being.  Hopefully you can get some of that cardio in even if you aren’t able to make it to the gym.  My office is 8 flights up, so I take the stairs when I go up and down.  If I drive in to work, I park about 1 mile away, so I’m forced to walk (briskly) every day.  If I take the bus, I get off several stops early and walk the rest of the way.  I make sure to take the dog for a romp everyday– so that’s more cardio.  Find ways to build cardio into your life, so you don’t even have to think about it at the gym if you don’t want to.

3) Weight training is amazing for your tone and definition!  Don’t forget to add a stretching exercise like pilates or yoga if you can, to lengthen and define at the same time!

4) Be careful if you really feel like throwing up during your work-outs.  Pushing yourself is great and amazing, but making yourself sick is not.  So know your limits and push them, but be mindful to what your body is telling you too.

5) It sounds like you are going to be in *amazing* shape for your wedding. I admire your dedication!

Post # 5
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

AnnieAAA: When I can only dedicate 30 minutes to fitness I like to do a super challenging interval workout where I alternate jogging and sprinting on the treadmill.  I have 1 lb handweights that I carry when I run to include a little bicep workout.

The reason you feel sick when you get done with your lifting is because you have been pumping all your muscles for an hour, pushing a large amount of toxins and lactic acid into your bloodstream.  You need to drink A LOT of water when you’re doing these workouts to filter it into your kidneys.

I would recommend 30 mins of cardio 3x per week and 30 min lifting 3x per week.  Or just alternate days, cardio then lifting.  It’s good to lift, but you shouldn’t lift the same groups two days in a row, with the exception of your abs.  You also need days off when you lift to give your muscles time to heal and get stronger.

Good job on the workouts!!

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