Words by Abi Scaife
A new study has discovered that one-minute bursts of exercise could lead to a longer life.
Amazing! How does it work?
Research showed that one-minute-long bursts of intense exercise performed three times every day are great for your health.
In fact, it reduced general mortality risk by 38%-40%, and by 48%-49% for cardiovascular (heart) related deaths.
That sounds wonderful!
It really is - especially for those who either cannot physically perform large workouts regularly or those who do not have the time to do so.
Data was analysed from over 25,000 participants who did not do regular exercise and had an average age of 62. The average follow-up length was almost seven years, meaning researchers got a great look at how intermittent exercise affects the body.
What sort of exercise was done?
Not the sort you’re thinking, probably. The study focused on forms of activity that are a natural part of everyday life - things like taking out the rubbish or carrying heavy shopping bags.
So the next time you start feeling guilty for not heading down to the gym, remember this!