Attention, fitness-buffs! One minute of intense exercise can keep you in shape


Everyone wants to shed those extra kilos but it is not an easy task and one often gets tired thinking about the work out.

Well, science have good news for all those who wants to lose weight as they can be fit and make a difference by doing intense exercise for 60 seconds.

According to researchers at McMaster University, doing intense exercise for one minute 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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