New research findings suggest that the “I don’t have time” excuse for not being able to exercise is no longer valid. You can thank the researchers from McMaster University who discovered that just one minute of very intense exercise gives you health benefits similar to longer and more traditional endurance training. Kinesiology professor Dr. Martin Gibala said,
This is a very time-efficient workout strategy. Brief bursts of intense exercise are remarkably effective.”
The full workout takes only ten minutes, with just one minute of intense exercise. It also includes a two-minute warmup, three 20-second ‘all-out’ cycle sprints, two minutes of easy cycling for recovery between each, and a three minute cool down.
The researchers compared this routine to a regimen that involved 45 minutes of continuous cycling at a moderate pace, rather than 60 seconds of very intense sprints. They found that performing five times as much exercise using five times the time commitment did not produce better results. You can get health and fitness benefits comparable to the traditional approach, in less time. The basic principles apply to many forms of exercise. Gibala explained,
Climbing a few flights of stairs on your lunch hour can provide a quick and effective workout. The health benefits are significant.”