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Three minutes of exercise a week can put you into shape, researchers say

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Research indicates that 30 second bursts of intense exercise deliver far better results than hours spent at the gym, reports dailymail.co.uk.

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Research indicates that 30 second bursts of intense exercise deliver far better results than hours spent at the gym, reports dailymail.co.uk. Scientists at the universities of Bath, Birmingham and Nottingham claim the secret to getting in shape is to commit to doing 30 second periods of highly intense exercise, with short rest periods in between. The researchers say as little as three minutes worth of exercise per week can deliver clear results - making it all the more easier for people to keep on track with their New Year's resolutions. Other journals have found that the main reason people break New Year promises to themselves is because they set the bar too high. However by launching themselves into a 30 second attack on the nearest exercise bike or rowing machine, gym-goers can better sustain their health kick. According to iol.co.za, an element of the idea is that gym go-ers get themselves into trouble by eating more than they usually do after a workout. High intensity sessions don't stimulate appetite nearly as much as they demand less energy, curbing the possibility of post-gym cravings. Intense workouts also help to raise the metabolic rate after someone stops exercising, building muscle which makes the metabolism run faster. In turn, this breaks down fat and burns calories at a quicker pace than an hour lifting weights. The issue is that three minutes of exercise per week may not justify paying £30 a month for a gym membership, whilst travelling to a nearby complex will often take longer than the workout itself. In which case a more sensible solution could be a garden gym packed with just a few pieces of fitness equipment. When not in use the gear could be stashed away for next time, providing the homeowner with an extra room.

Author:

Richard Towey

3rd January 2012