If You Have One Minute, You Have Enough Time to Work Out

There’s been a lot of talk about how long you need to work out each day (or if you’re like me, each week) to make it worth it.  Whether you run, ride, lift weights at the gym, or take classes, there are days when you just want to do it for the minimum amount of time to burn off that donut you had (or will have) for breakfast.  The New York Times has published several articles  recently about how short high-intensity workouts can benefit you as much, if not more, than longer moderate level workouts.  First there was the 10-minute workout, then the 7-minute workout, now there are 4-minute and even 1-minute workouts that they claim, through various studies, to be just as impactful as a 30-minute + workout.

Whatever your school of thought are on the perfect length for a workout, you need a good listen for those few minutes, or even few hours, of exercising.  Here are sample clips based on the short workout lengths the NYTimes references. You can also spread your listening out across several workouts, motivating you to go back to the gym so you can find out what happens next.

10 minutes:

7 minutes:

4 minutes:

Jack Reacher: One Shot
Author: Lee Child
Read By: Dick Hill
Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, ...
And for the 1-minute workout, well, just listen to the first sentence of any of these recommended audiobooks and you’ll be done with your fitness routine for the day!
Check out our Sound Advice tool for audiobook suggestions for workouts of all lengths.  Keep up the good work!