Three minutes a week exercise 'highly-effective'

3 January 2013

With the first week of the New Year firmly underway, many people up and down the country will be signing up to gym memberships and aerobic classes to get fit.

Many will be under the impression that they need to spend a few hours a week pushing their bodies to the limit to feel fit and healthy again, but scientists will argue otherwise.

New research has shown that all that is needed is three minutes a week to improve overall wellbeing.

In doing bursts of exercise lasting 30 seconds – which add up to three minutes over a seven-day period – people can make a dramatic difference to how they look and feel.

Researchers at the universities of Bath, Birmingham and Nottingham described the findings as groundbreaking, and could change the way people keep fit forever. More investigations need to be done to understand why short bursts are so effective.

"The truthful answer is we do not fully understand this,’ said Professor Jamie Timmons, an expert in this area.

"But a growing body of independent research shows this is the case and that the textbook explanation of the science of exercise requires revision."

Posted by Edward Bartel

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