Personal Training for Older clients at Shape Up Fitness & Wellness Consulting

How Long Should A Workout Take?

We are asked many times how long a workout should take. The answer is not that simple. Sure, there is the optimum length but even that depends on the person’s fitness level, age, and willingness to commit time.

Research indicates that it is better for people to have more frequent, shorter workouts than only a few long workouts.

So, yes, ideally I would like you to go through a 10-15 min warm up sequence including foam rolling, some stretching, corrective & activation exercises. After that I would like you to work out for 60 min and then cool down for about 15 min.

But it is not going to happen for most

For most people this is simply not going to happen. So if 30 min is all you can do then it will have to do. Working out 30 min 5 days a week is always better than 90 min one day a week and then wait until the following week for the next workout.

Sometimes we don’t even have 30 min. A lot of our accountants are slammed at this time of the year. They work from 6 or 7 in the morning until 1 or 2 at night. Do some chin ups, run up and down the stairs, do some push ups, planks, etc. There is always something that can be done.

There is not really I don’t have the time. You might not have the time for a full on workout, but you might have enough time for one exercise here and there.

Today is the day

Today is the day to get started. Stop waiting for the perfect time. It will never come around. Start working out your day. It is not about a six pack, or a perfect butt. It is about your health & well being.

Yours in health & fitness,



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