Effective Workout for a Busy Schedule

It’s often hard to find the time to squeeze in a workout. The reasons can vary…from a busy work calendar to family events or other important commitments. But researchers have found there may be a way for even those with the busiest of schedules to stay fit.

Study subjects were asked to exercise intensely for 60 seconds per day. The results from intense exercise showed the same heart, respiratory and muscle-building benefits as a 50-minute workout of moderate exercise. The study, published in PLOS One, included a 10-minute cycling workout comprised of warming up for two minutes, riding a bike at top speed for 20 seconds, and then slowing down the pace for an additional two minutes followed by a brief cooldown. The routine was repeated twice for a total of 10 minutes—pretty doable, right?

Lead author on this study, Martin Gibala, Ph.D., mentions swimming and rowing as two other activities that can bring similar benefits. “The basic principles apply to many forms of exercise,” Gibala says. ”Climbing a few flights of stairs on your lunch hour can provide a quick and effective workout. The health benefits are significant.” Read more about this groundbreaking study at journals.plos.org.

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