One topic iFIT Trainers talk about consistently is…consistency! But consistency can be the toughest part of a fitness lifestyle to maintain as schedules shift around the reality of family, travel, work, and even the holiday season.
That’s where iFIT’s collection of under 20-minute workouts comes in. Short workouts offer flexibility when your schedule doesn’t. Best of all, short workouts help you maintain consistency over time, bringing you closer to achieving your fitness goals.
Are short workouts worth it?
If you’re wondering how much of an impact a 20-minute workout could possibly have, try a Tabata or interval workout. Both styles combine maximum effort intervals with shorter rest periods, so you’ll work up a sweat in just four minutes of active time.
If you’re looking for something with a lower intensity, check out a restorative pilates or yoga class. Even a gentle workout will help build and maintain momentum and results. As in the story of the tortoise and the hare—slow and steady isn’t flashy, but it works, and even the smallest step forward is a step in the right direction.
I’ve got plenty of time. What can short workouts do for me?
Don’t count short workouts out when time is on your side, either! Add a trainer-led stretching class to the beginning or end of your workout to maximize the benefits of the time you’re putting in. Cooling down after your exercise gently returns your heart rate to normal and helps prevent injury—all in about 10 minutes.
You can also target a particular area by adding a short strength workout to a longer one. It only takes a few minutes to give muscle groups like abs or glutes a great workout! Finally, zero in on a key fitness goal by stringing several short workouts together to create a workout program customized to your needs.
What about when I’m really pinched for time?
On those days when you truly have just minutes to spare, you still have options. Stream a 7-minute stretch workout by your desk, take a walk with an iFIT Trainer while you stroll around the building, try a 15-minute energizing yoga class, or just a 5-minute meditation before you get out of your car. Working just a tiny bit of movement and intentionality into a busy schedule can give you the boost you need to take on your day!
Whether it’s three short classes back to back, a 20-minute Tabata workout, or a few minutes of mindful breathing, choosing wellness always brings you closer to your long-term goal for an active and healthy lifestyle. In fact, you’re already living it. And if that weren’t enough: every single workout counts towards your iFIT Milestones!
Filter by duration to find shorter workouts
Now that you want short workouts, how do you find them? Follow these steps to filter workouts by duration:
On the iFIT app (on your phone)
- Select your desired equipment type at the top of the screen, then tap Browse at the bottom.
- Next, tap the oblong search field at the top of your screen, then tap Duration from the dropdown menu.
- Select the workout duration that best suits your schedule, then tap Show Results.
- Scroll through the results screen and tap on any workout to learn more.
On iFIT-enabled equipment
- Tap Browse at the bottom of your screen.
- Then tap Filters in the top right corner.
- Tap Duration, then select the workout duration(s) that fits your schedule, and then tap Close.
- Next, tap Workout Type, then select the type of workout you’re interested in. You may select more than one. Only workouts for your iFIT-enabled equipment (and strength, yoga, mind, and recovery workouts) will be displayed. Tap Close when you have finished making your selections.
- Lastly, tap Show Results, then tap on any of the workouts that interest you for more information.
On your TV with the iFIT app
- Select your desired workout type or equipment from the navigation bar.
- Click Sort by and select Shortest OR select Filter and choose the workout duration(s) that fits your schedule.
- Results will be displayed from shortest to longest. Tap the workout that interests you for more information.
Click here for more information on how to use the filter and search functions on your iFIT app and iFIT-enabled equipment.
Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. The above information should not be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, sleep methods, daily activity, or fitness routine. iFIT assumes no responsibility for any personal injury or damage sustained by any recommendations, opinions, or advice given in this article. Always follow the safety precautions included in the owner’s manual of your fitness equipment.