Have you been trying to lose weight but get stressed by just the thought of going to the gym and intense work-out sessions? Well, fret not any more, as according to researchers, even one minute of intense workout can go a long way.
Researchers at McMaster University have found that a single minute of very intense exercise produces health benefits similar to longer, traditional endurance training.
“This is a very time-efficient workout strategy,” says lead author Martin Gibala. “Brief bursts of intense exercise are remarkably effective.”
Scientists set out to determine how sprint interval training (SIT) compared to moderate-intensity continuous training (MICT), as recommended in public health guidelines. They examined key health indicators including cardiorespiratory fitness and insulin sensitivity, a measure of how the body regulates blood sugar.
“Most people cite ‘lack of time’ as the main reason for not being active”, according to Gibala. “Our study shows that an interval-based approach can be more efficient, you can get health and fitness benefits comparable to the traditional approach, in less time.”
The findings are published online in the journal PLOS ONE.
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