Learn why short but intense workouts are ideal for vegans

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Published: March 23, 2022

Fitness is evolving. More people than ever before are getting involved in some type of regular exercise routine. Just as well, more people are looking into alternative ways of meeting their nutritive needs. Vegetarian and vegan diets have become more popular with people looking to get into the best shape of their lives. In the age of fast food and technology, exercise and nutrition are more important than ever. Different body types with differing goals require tailored approaches. It’s important to be able to maintain a productive balance between your diet, lifestyle, and training routine. The experts at DubaiPT use a number of methods to help their clients reach their goals. In this article, find out why we think short but intense workouts are ideal for vegans.

Veganism – the basics

While many think that veganism is some kind of fancy new-age fad, it’s actually a thousand years old lifestyle! The first vegan in recorded history is Al-Ma’arri, an Arab poet, philosopher, and writer. He proposed and lived a lifestyle that contemporaries called “moral vegetarianism”. This entailed the non-consumption of animal products of any kind. And while Europe experienced a vegan rise during the 17th and 18th centuries, it wasn’t until 1944 and Dorothy Morgan and Donald Watson that the term “vegan” wasn’t coined. Modern veganism doesn’t only pertain to nutrition. It is a very developed philosophy of coexistence with other species. This means that vegans are not only avoiding the consumption but the exploitation of other species to the greatest possible extent.

Plant based sign says that short and intense workouts are ideal for vegans
Veganism is much older than most people think and a lot more complex and involved than just picking alternate food items.


The pros of short but intense workouts

While many believe in extended workouts with more sets, reps, and overall exercise variety, there are numerous benefits to alternate approaches. This is also true for exercise types. Some fitness experts swear by one method over another, but ultimately it comes down to what suits the specific needs of the individual. Utilizing strength training and cardio exercises is a proven way to achieve a broad variety of goals. Hence it’s important to understand the strengths of your chosen training method. this is especially true if your nutrition is less orthodox. Some of the reasons why short but intense workouts are ideal for vegans include:

  • Getting around the energy-related limitations of a vegan diet
  • Effects on insulin levels and insulin resistance
  • Caloric expenditure

Many vegans chose this lifestyle for health reasons. However, not everyone is capable of fully supporting the needs of their body on a vegan diet. This is often due to a lack of information and knowledge. Some people who’ve been vegan for a while have found ways to satisfy all the needs of their organism. However, many are struggling to achieve that. This means that many people on a vegan diet are not giving their bodies the necessary micro and macronutrients. Combined with regularly taking part in extended training sessions, this could prove harmful. Short and intensive workouts are ideal for vegans because they reduce the risk of overtaxing the body. If you’re also having trouble with your vegan meal plan, you can always check out the monthly meal plan Dubai PT has available.

avocado, omelette, corn and tomatoes
Vegan food may be delicious, but sometimes it’s difficult to meet the protein requirements without overeating.

Effects on insulin levels and insulin resistance

Insulin is a peptide hormone our body produces for a wide variety of purposes. It is the main anabolic hormone in the body. It regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and protein. In layman’s terms, this means that it manages how our body treats the macronutrients we consume daily. Short but intensive workouts have an effect on insulin sensitivity. Sensitive insulin is good insulin. By engaging in brief, highly intensive training sessions, we raise insulin sensitivity. This, in turn, ensures that the nutrients we consume are used properly and reduces the risk of weight gain and heart disease. Combined with a well-thought-out vegan meal plan Dubai PT has to offer their vegan clients, this will skyrocket you to your goals.

Caloric expenditure

Although there are more and more vegan brands available, not everyone has access to them. This means that they have to stick to the basics of vegan foods. Unfortunately, these are food items that often have quite a high calorie count. It is possible that an average vegan may need to consume more overall calories in order to meet their protein needs. This is precisely why short but intense workouts are ideal for vegans. With their high intensity, these types of workouts are capable of aiding you in burning a lot of calories!

High intensity training tips

We’ve already established that short but intense workouts are ideal for vegans. Now, let’s have a look at some creative ideas for your workouts.

man weightlifting
Short but intense workouts are ideal for vegans and there are many ways to employ these methods in your training routine.


Circuit training

Circuit training involves picking a number of exercises and doing them in sequence, with little or no rest periods. While the term “Crossfit” has been coined to re-brand this very old training method, it has actually been around for quite some time. In fact, this type of training has been the staple for many athletes looking to improve strength, endurance and conditioning simultaneously. Depending on the exercise choice and the set/rep scheme, circuit training can be repurposed for many goals.

High intensity interval training (HIIT)

High-intensity interval training is another training method that has become more popular with the average gym-goer recently. While this training method has been in use for decades in professional sports, it has only recently started to appear in training logbooks of the regular gym member. This type of training involves working for set periods of time and resting for a prescribed interval as well. For example, a HIIT set-up would look like this: 30 seconds of work and 30 seconds of rest, for a given number of sets. A word of caution though – pick your exercises with care. Highly technical movements should not be used frequently or exclusively with this training style. Performing compound movements in a fatigued state can be risky!

Why short but intense workouts are ideal for vegans – concluded

You now know all the benefits of short, intense workouts for vegans. Along with this, you also have some ideas on how to approach this style of training. Hopefully this will aid you in your fitness journey and help you achieve your goals. Time to work!


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