off-to-gym-Jan-2Weight loss resolution? Again? Heading to the gym on January 2 to work out although not really enthused about it? Did you know that devoting 15 minutes a day to vigorous exercise is the same health benefits from spending hours at the gym? Want to make exercise exciting? At the beginning of every New Year, thousands vow to make the necessary changes in their diets and lifestyles to lose weight. Parking lots at gyms are bare now but on January 2 will be packed. Then again on February 1st the lots will be empty.

The majority of people neglect the role of regular exercise to help shed the pounds in pursuit of their ideal body weight. Exercise can seem daunting and the sheer amount of time and effort turns many off. But by making exercise exciting, reasonable, and adding key products, anyone can use exercise as a weight-loss tool.

Human beings are made to be active, and exercise should be part of every lifestyle. Many people do not realize that exercise can be so many other things besides running on the treadmill or doing hours of weights.

The key to exercise is finding something that you enjoy and can continue doing.

Exercise can take the form of hiking with friends, bike riding, exercise classes, or even pushing a sled and flipping tires. Everyone can find something they can enjoy.

To get good exercise, you don’t have to train yourself into the ground. There’s no need to perform endless cardiovascular sessions early in the morning or lift the heaviest weights in the gym. The current U.S. guidelines for aerobic activity suggest that all individuals should perform is at least 150 minutes (2 ½ hours) a week of moderate physical activity (1).

gym parking lotHowever, if you perform vigorous exercise, you may even get away with less. For example, in a recent study, researchers investigated the minimal amount of exercise needed to offer a significant benefit toward health (2). Specifically, the study looked at the dose-response relationship between running and overall mortality. The researchers found that just a five-minute run generates the same benefits as a 15-minute walk, and a 25-minute run is equivalent to a 105-minute walk.

The study suggests that by simply devoting 15 minutes of your time every day to vigorous exercise like running, rowing, or weight lifting, you can reap the same health benefits from spending hours at the gym.

There are supplements that can help solve the common problem that many face when they first start exercising—a lack of energy, focus, and the right fuel to maximize their performance. The pre-workout period is a crucial time to not only supply the right nutrients to boost the intensity of training, but also to offer a natural, safe option to increase power and strength.

Two supplements that get me going before a workout:
AMPED™ Power (click for more information or to order)

AMPED™ Power is a pre-workout drink powder designed to boost exercise, accelerate strength and muscle gains, and prime the body for faster recovery.*

How does it work:
Creatine improves your performance and reduces fatigue.*
Nitrosigine® and citrulline boost blood flow and maximize delivery of nutrients to working muscles.*

e+™ (click for more information or to order)

A flavorful energy boost with a scientifically supported blend of botanicals formulated to help you feel refreshed, energized and mentally alert. e+ is infused with a host of healthy ingredients to fire up your athletic performance without artificial colors, sweeteners or flavors.

How does it work:
Naturally-sourced caffeine from green tea and yerba mate
Fuel for everyday activities or competitive athletic performances
Only 35 calories per serving

This new year, commit to a lifestyle change so that you won’t have to think about it in 2017. Be sensible with exercise and make it a part of your regular routine. Short, vigorous exercise can save you time, energy, and still impart health and weight-loss. Make the most of each workout with AMPED™ Power and e+™ for a clean, safe boost to your training so you can get moving towards your fitness goals.

*Nitrosigine® is a registered trademark of Nutrition 21, LLC and is patent protected.


  1. Lavie, C.J., Arena, R., Swift, D.L. et al. Exercise and the cardiovascular system: clinical science and cardiovascular outcomes. Circ Res. 2015; 117: 207–219
  2. Lavie CJ, Lee DC, Sui X, Arena R, O’Keefe JH, Church TS, Milani RV & Blair SN. Effects of Running on Chronic Diseases and Cardiovascular and All-Cause Mortality. Mayo Clin Proc. 2015 Nov; 90(11):1541-52.


About the Author Michael Lantz (Big Papa)

The Wellness Warrior™; Health & Leadership/Business Coach, Speaker, Blogger, Author, Ironman Triathlete Helping others live with more health and joy, paying for their dreams and make a difference in the world! Learn more: