Breaking up your workouts means that instead of having one longer workout during the day, you break up that time into smaller workouts multiple times a day. This might not be the best option for everyone, but here are some reasons to consider it.
Keep Up Your Metabolism
When you do multiple workouts instead of one longer one, you can help keep up your metabolism throughout the day at a steadier rate. You may notice that your metabolism is raised for a short period of time after you finish a workout. As your day goes on, if you don’t have much other activity, it starts to decrease again. By doing multiple workouts at different times of the day, you can have a more even rate of metabolism being up, helping you to burn more fat.
Less Time Commitment
Many people don’t have time for an hour or longer workout, but can fit in little short bursts of 20-30 minute workouts throughout the day. Maybe you have time for a 15-minute morning yoga session, a quick resistance training session in the afternoon, and a walk in the evening. You are still getting an hour or so of a workout in, just not all at the same time.
Maintain Even Energy Levels
You might also notice that your energy levels remain steady throughout the day when you are getting up often to move your body. Similar to your metabolism, you might get a boost of natural energy shortly after a workout, especially one with a little cardio. Imagine having this not once but 2-3 times during the day. It is at least worth a try to see if it fits within your schedule, and if you prefer it compared to one longer workout session.
More Chances for NEAT
You can also improve your NEAT, or non-exercise activity thermogenesis. You can get this with any type of movement during the day, including chores around the house, typing for your job, fidgeting, taking a shower, and so much more. When you have multiple forms of activity during the day, even not considered a “Workout, you are still burning more fat through NEAT.
The most important thing is that your workout routine works best for you and your schedule. Some people prefer getting their entire workout done in one session, while others like to break it up. It is worth trying both and seeing which you enjoy the most.