Benefits of Running 20 Minutes Every Day

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People usually don’t have a lot of time to integrate enough exercise into their routine, and it’s hard to make an hour or an hour and a half three or four times a week in order to achieve some noticeable results. 

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Most people who do a lot of frequent exercise on a concise basis will tell you that you won’t be able to achieve anything with only 20 minutes every day. They are wrong. As long as you break a sweat, or spend any extra calories, you’re on a good path to get into great shape.

Finding twenty minutes each day is relatively easy, and it’s enough for most people to get into decent shape. The way to go for it is to be decisive, and try to find these twenty minutes each and every day. If you are able to run two miles in this time, you will be spending around two hundred calories, which adds up quickly, believe me.

However, if you are aiming to lose some weight, try to combine this will a small calorie deficiency each day – don’t eat two thousand calories, eat 1700. This way, you will lose one pound of weight per week, and your muscles will get into better shape. Running for weight loss doesn’t have to be hard.

The thing with 20 minute runs is, though it’s not enough for a significant fat burn, it will make your body strenthen those leg muscles, which will make you, in turn, look better than a person who is losing weight simply by subtracting five hundred calories from their diet every single day.

In case you want something more – try HIIT (high intensity interval training). This will imply that your run starts with, let’s say, a slower pace of one mile per ten minutes, but after a minute of running, speed it up to a mile per five or six minutes. When you are tired, do not stop, but continue in a slow pace. When you rest enough to go for another blast, speed up. 

Switch between running fast and slow in one or two minute intervals. This will strain your body so much you will literally become a fat burning machine. The trick is not to let your body adapt to one speed. This will ensure that the twenty minutes of time you have available for exercising each day are optimally spent, and you will be in a great shape in no time.

Remember, if you are a beginner, you can start your HIIT regime by interchanging between fast walking and running, and mix it up later on when you are able to run faster and for longer periods of time.

When exercising, everything counts. Even ten minutes are better spent moving than sitting around analysing the pros and cons.

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Janice is a writer from Chicago, IL. She created the "simple living as told by me" newsletter with more than 12,000 subscribers about Living Better and is a founder of Seekyt.