Exercise a Little…
For a Lot of Results
Don’t have time to go to the gym or spend an hour working out every morning? It turns out that short bursts of activity—popularly called “exercise snacks”—throughout the day are as effective as traditional, longer workouts. Researchers compared people who rode stationary bicycles for a daily 10-minute intense session to those who rode for one intense minute every few hours. After six weeks, the two group’s fitness gains were nearly identical. Besides improving overall wellbeing and reducing health risks, exercise snacks also:
- Raise endurance
- Improve muscle tone
- Boost energy
- Increase productivity
- Reduce blood sugar
- Improve cardiovascular health
These short bursts of activity should be vigorous enough to increase your heart rate so that you aren’t able to say more than a few words without pausing for a breath. Each session should last a minute or two, and happen often, preferably every hour. Try setting a reminder or doing the activity every time you get something to eat or drink. Here are some examples:
- Hustle up and down three flights of stairs.
Jog in place (or use a mini trampoline).
Alternate jumping jacks and burpees.
Take a brisk walk or jog around the block.
Get on the elliptical, stationary bike or rowing machine.
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Regular, short bursts of intense activity enable you to burn calories without burning out—and result in muscle gain and fat loss.
Source: St. Luke’s Health