Sometimes working out is hard. But the truth is: the thought of working out is often even harder.
Whether it’s time constraints and busy schedules or a fear of feeling out of shape, the mental battle of gearing up for a workout—especially a long one—can be a daunting task.
The good news, however, is that long workouts are far from the end-all-be-all option of the workout world.
In fact, recently, there’s been a downright legion of literature that has come out in support of shorter workouts. Not just because of the age-old saying, “something is better than nothing.” But because even small workouts can have big payoffs.
According to one study from PLOS, even as little as 1-minute of vigorous exercise per day can lead to major health gains over time.
So, if you're short on time or motivation, here's how committing to “snack-sized” workouts throughout the day can make a big difference.