ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — You might not have an hour, or even a half hour, to make it to the gym each day. But everyone has one minute, but could it really be beneficial?
You breathe, you lift, you sweat. But how long does it take to squeeze in a good workout?
A new study shows just one-minute of exercise might be beneficial. Researchers looked at 25 men who performed either 10-minute sprint interval workouts or 50-minute endurance workouts three times a week on a stationary bike. The sprint workouts included just one minute of intense activity. The endurance: 45 minutes of moderate activity. Results showed after 12 weeks, both groups had almost identical improvements in muscle function, aerobic fitness and insulin sensitivity.
If you want to try a sprint workout it consists of a two-minute warm-up, followed by sprinting all-out for 20 seconds. Next, recover at a slow pace for two minutes. Then, it’s back to sprinting for 20 seconds, recovering again for two minutes, sprinting for a final 20 seconds and cooling down for three minutes. It adds up to just one minute of real work, but you just might see some results!
Researchers involved in the study warn that even though sprint interval workouts are shorter, the type of training is very intense and may not be good for people with chronic health problems or for those who do not exercise regularly.
Contributors to this news report include: Julie Marks, Producer; Tony D’Astoli, Editor and Videographer.