As I alluded to in my prior post, almost all my workouts, including my cardiovascular, last only 20 minutes. The only two that don’t are my longer, slower runs of 5-8 miles and a weekly bike ride (about 30 miles). In fact some of my best workouts last only 10 minutes or less. Some new exercise protocols are actually old standby workouts: the interval- but with a twist, (Peak 8 and Tabata). you do the repeats for about 20-30 seconds but your “recovery” lasts only 10-90 seconds depending on which protocol you do. As a warning I must advise all who will incorporate these into their fitness program to modify the protocols the first few weeks so that your body and mind can acclimate to the extra intensity safely! DO NOT DO THE PROTOCOL AS DESCRIBED! It is virtually impossible to safely do by first timers. Injury can occur but most likely you will just not like how hard it is. You have to get used to the increased intensity over the first few weeks.
The strength training is also short and sweet. I lift only one large muscle group per workout. Sometimes I add a second, smaller muscle group that does not really interfere much at all or not at all with the big muscle group., like the chest/biceps workout. I lift one set to fatigue at around 8-15 reps and I always build up to a max of 15 reps before I make the weight heavier. I lift for about 3-4 seconds and I lower for the same count. It is amazing how a simple workout works so well. But as I have found out over the years that knowledge is the shortcut to everything! I end up lifting only about 3-5 minutes per workout and lift 3x/week. Like i said, short but sweet.
Last bit of advice: seek to improve SOMETHING everyday. Do not seek perfection. Be patient. It takes time to really create change. But it will come.