One Minute of Exercise Increases Fitness Level in Two Weeks, Study Suggests
Now there is no excuse not to exercise. A recent study claims that a boost of fitness happens in just 60 seconds a day in just three days per week.
The study, done by the Abertay University in Dundee, suggests that even six-second sprints can significantly increase fitness levels in as little as two weeks. Participants in the study were asked to ride a stationary bicycle for just six seconds as intensely as they could. Then they were to rest for one minute. They were asked to repeat the cycle 10 times for a total of 60 seconds of exercise. This type of exercise is called "high-intensity training" or "HIT." While many forms of this training have been tested, this is one of the shortest intervals of intense exercise studied to date.
Less Time AND Less Injury
This type of exercise takes less time and causes less injury, according to studies. Lead author, Dr. John Babraj, explains the findings:
"Lots of people in sport talk about lactic acid affecting them in this way, but what they're actually referring to is a substance called lactate which appears in the bloodstream during exercise. However, far from causing pain, lactate is actually a useful fuel that the body makes during exercise to enable it to perform at a higher level for longer."
The time it takes to gain better control of your health is no longer an issue, nor is it an excuse. Babraj says:
"Anyone who's been inspired by the Olympics to get fit and be more active, but perhaps thinks it'll involve spending hours in the gym pounding the treadmill, could do 60 seconds of exercise three times a week and be much fitter and healthier in only a fortnight."
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