Short workouts target fitness gadabouts

Mon Feb 1, 2010 12:30pm EST
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Long work hours and short attention spans are driving more people to take exercise in smaller, meatier doses.

Instead of demanding clients pound the treadmill for an hour at a time, some fitness experts have created short, swift workouts for the busy and the bored.

"People just don't have as much time anymore," said fitness expert and trainer Amy Bento. "More people are trying to survive the economy with multiple jobs."

The American Council on Exercise has listed shorter, more intense workouts among the top exercise trends for 2010, as consumers approach fitness with time and money in mind.

Taking aim at the time-challenged and the easily bored alike are DVDs offering fitness in 10-minute morsels.

Bento's "10 Minute Solution: 5 Day Get Fit Mix" delivers five 10-minute bursts of cardiovascular, resistance training and stretching through a mix of kickboxing, aerobics, light weights and yoga.

"We tried to put together a mix of activities that are necessary for a well-rounded fitness program in a user-friendly format," said Bento. "You can do whatever fits your needs."

Of course fitness takes more than 10 minutes. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Heart Association say at least 30 minutes of exercise five to six days a week is required for fitness, and one hour five to six days a week for weight loss.   Continued...

<p>A woman practices yoga in a file photo. REUTERS/Zainal Abd Halim</p>