FITNESS BENEFITS | Excercising for 30-minute intervals means health benefits

New fitness options at the JCC start next month and many of the new classes are shorter, 30-minute classes. Many members may be wondering if a shorter workout is even worth the effort.

In short, yes. New research has shown that workouts as short as seven minutes are still effective at weight loss and lowering blood pressure. A 2012 study in Denmark asked moderately overweight men to work out for either 30 or 60 minutes for three months. The group that exercised for 60 minutes lost six pounds on average. However, the 30-minute exercise group lost an average of eight pounds. While the longer exercise group did burn more calories, researchers believe that the longer workout times lead to a rise in appetite that negated the extra work.

Researchers also found that people working out for an hour were more tired from the workout and did not do much else during the day to burn calories. People who exercised for half an hour felt  energized to do more with their day.

The new classes, which start at the JCC on Sept. 2, are perfect for people who want to get a quick workout in, but do not have a lot of time to spend at the gym. The JCC is offering several half-hour class options, all included in the price of your membership!

CXWORX: Les Mills CXWORX is a moderate to high intensity 30 minute core training class that strengthens and tones all of the muscles of the core. It is dynamic training that hones in on your abs, glutes, back, obliques, and “slings” connecting the upper and lower body.

BodyPump Express: Everything that you love about Les Mills BodyPump, condensed into a half hour workout. This barbell class will sculpt, tone and strengthen your entire body. Focusing on low weight loads and high repetition movements, you’ll burn fat, gain strength and produce lean body muscle conditioning.

Lunch Time Express: Everything  you need in 30 minutes. High Intensity interval training, including cardio, resistance training, core and flexibility. All before your lunch hour is over. Get Fit in a Flash!

For more information about any of the new classes offered starting in September at the JCC visit JCC Fall Fitness Options or call 238-2727.

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