These days with our outrageously busy work and home lives it can seem almost impossible to find the time to exercise.
Unfortunately if you value your health and are perhaps looking to lose a little weight then regular exercise is definitely recommended.
Luckily for you, new research has found that just a single minute of exercise could be enough to start seeing some good weight loss results.
What research was undertaken?
In a study undertaken at the McMaster University in Canada, the scientists found that a single minute of intense exercise was as effective as working out gently for 45 minutes.
During the study the scientists split a group of 25 out-of-shape men into 3 groups, after first measuring their current aerobic fitness level, muscles and blood sugar regulation.
The 3 groups were asked to do the following:
- The first group were not asked to change anything
- The second were asked to ride an exercise bike for 45 minutes, they were also asked to both warm up and cool down
- The final group were asked to warm up gently on an exercise bike for 2 minutes, followed by 20 seconds of pedalling as fast as possible, then another slow cool down for 2 minutes. The participants in this final group had to perform this interval workout 3 times.
While the last workout lasted 10 minutes in total, only a single minute was the intense exercise.
All of the men were asked to work out 3 times weekly over a 12 week period.
What were the findings of the study?
Unsurprisingly both groups who exercised the most saw the better improvements in endurance.
These findings show that you do not need to exercise for a particularly long time, you can see just as good results with a short workout, but you must adjust your intensity levels accordingly.
Martin Gibala, one of the scientists who worked on this study had this to say about the results:
“If you are an elite athlete, then obviously incorporating both endurance and interval training into an overall program maximises performance.”
“But if you are someone, like me, who just wants to boost health and fitness and you don’t have 45 minutes or an hour to work out, our data show that you can get big benefits from even a single minute of intense exercise.”
These findings show that there is no excuse not to exercise, even the most busy person will have a spare minute or two each day.
Just make sure your workout is as intense as possible and you will reap the rewards of your hard work.