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A 15-Minute Work Out

April 22, 2014, 6:18 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

A 15-Minute Work Out

Between your job and taking care of your family, finding the time to work out can be difficult.

A new wor kout class at the Sanford Wellness Center is just 15 minutes long.  But can you really get a good work out in that time?

Working out at the gym might not be your favorite thing to do, but Lori Olson says physical activity should be a top priority.

"We all have the same 24 hours in the day. It's all how we use them," Olson said.

Even if Olson has just 15 minutes, she schedules in a work out. She's taking part in Sanford's new 15-minute class.

"It's not as much of a barrier as people think it is. You can get a very good work out in in that 15 minutes," Sanford Exercise Specialist Maggie Rechtenbaugh said.

But Rechtenbaugh says you can't slack off during those 15 minutes.

"During that 15 minutes, we would really like to keep that heart rate up, so we're giving them ideas for stretches they could do after the class or things they could do before the class," Rechtenbaugh said.

During the class, participants also do a variety of exercises.

"Just to give people a variety, so they are not always doing the same exercise routine every time they come to the gym," Rechtenbaugh said.

Through different exercises, you work different muscle groups. It also gives you a chance to work your full body and prevent boredom.

"It's your workout, so whatever you put into it is what you are going to get out of it," Rechtenbaugh said.

While this 15-minute work out is shorter than the 30 minutes recommended five times per week, Rechtenbaugh says two 15-minute work outs are just as effective as one, longer work out.

"Whenever you can find time to work out during the day is great. If you can break it up into 15-minute bouts that's awesome. If you have 30 minutes to spend that's great too. As long as you get that 30 minutes in, any time during the day works," Rechtenbaugh said.

A 15-minute work out that Olson says improves her physical and mental health.

"It's just a place for me to release and clear my mind. I've even found I've come up with my most incredible ideas when I'm working out," Olson said.

The class is at the Sanford Wellness Center at 4:00 p.m. on Mondays and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.

For information on the dates and times of the 15-minute work out classes, visit the Sanford Wellness Center website.

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