QUICK & EASY TIPS FOR 2017 – PART 3
So with the new year underway, we wanted to share some of these quick and easy habits with you, delivered in a 3 part blog series that includes excerpts from excellent articles by WebMD, CNN and the New York Times.
The article below is pretty eye opening. When you run into a day or week when you’re feeling too busy to exercise, keep in mind staying fit may take less time than you think. Scientists studying the impact of various workout techniques have discovered High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T.) to deliver an outsized physical benefit in relation to time spent exercising.
Got ten minutes?
According to a sophisticated study covered by the New York Times, a few minutes of warmup followed by very short bursts of intense exercise have a profound impact on your overall health and fitness. The study covered two groups of people exercising and a control group; one of the groups did 1 min of strenuous activity per session (10 minutes total) while the other did 45 minutes of moderate endurance training. What they found was remarkable…
Excerpt from NYT article:
By the end of the study, published in PLOS One, the endurance group had ridden for 27 hours, while the interval group had ridden for six hours, with only 36 minutes of that time being strenuous.
But when the scientists retested the men’s aerobic fitness, muscles and blood-sugar control now, they found that the exercisers showed virtually identical gains, whether they had completed the long endurance workouts or the short, grueling intervals. In both groups, endurance had increased by nearly 20 percent, insulin resistance likewise had improved significantly, and there were significant increases in the number and function of certain microscopic structures in the men’s muscles that are related to energy production and oxygen consumption.
There were no changes in health or fitness evident in the control group.
The upshot of these results is that three months of concerted endurance or interval exercise can notably — and almost identically — improve someone’s fitness and health.
Neither approach to exercise was, however, superior to the other, except that one was shorter — much, much shorter.”
Source: New York Times