Boost Your Health by Exercising 90% Less
This may be the most radical health idea you’ll ever hear. But I promise you, it’s 100% true – and I have the studies to back it up.
Chances are you can get the same health benefits by exercising as little as one tenth as much as you do now.
That’s right. One tenth.
In other words, if you exercise 30 minutes a day, five days a week – for a total of 2-1/2 hours – you may be able to cut that time down to as little as 15 minutes of actual exercise – and still get the same benefit!
How can that be? It’s all about intensity.
Over the last 25 – 30 years, “exercise” has come to mean aerobic or cardio workouts. Those are the long, medium-intensity workouts that are supposed to be so good for your heart.
And these workouts do provide some health benefits.
But researchers have proven that you can get the same benefits by exercising less… if you crank up the intensity.
Scientists at Canada’s McMaster University have dug deep into the benefits of exercise. And they’ve produced some amazing results.
In a study that’s soon to be published, they found that 63 minutes of high-intensity exercise per week provided the same heart-health benefits of 7 hours of aerobic exercise.1 That’s 85% less time … with the same result.
In another study, a McMaster’s team found that 2-1/2 hours of high-intensity exercise over 2 weeks provided the same performance benefits as 10-1/2 hours of aerobic exercise.2 that’s 90% less exercise to get the same benefit!
And in 2008, Science Daily reported on a study that showed that a few 30-second cycling sprints just 3 days a week promoted artery health as much as five hours of moderate cycling!3
Even better, less – but higher intensity – exercise can help you burn more fat and improve your fitness faster. A study at the University of Guelph found that this held true no matter how fit the subjects were.
Here’s another shocker: High-intensity exercise boosted aerobic capacity faster than aerobic exercise did!4
Even if you don’t get much exercise, this could work for you. In a brand new study, another team at McMaster University showed that this “less is more” system even works for couch potatoes.5
There’s another side to these benefits, too. Long hours of aerobic exercise could damage your heart.
A 2010 Canadian study found that many long-distance runners showed signs of heart damage – up to 3 months after completing a marathon.6 And English researchers discovered that up to 96% of ultra-marathoners may damage their hearts.7
So more exercise may not be better.
Of course, before you start any exercise program, you should talk to your doctor. But keep in mind that “high-intensity” is relative.
Nobody expects you to keep up with the world’s fastest man if you’ve been sitting on the sidelines for a few years. One man’s sprint is another man’s jog.
But by increasing the intensity of the effort you put into any exercise you do, you can increase the benefit. And the studies say you could boost your health in as little as one tenth of the time!
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
Best Life Herbals
1 Buchan DS, et al. The effects of time and intensity of exercise on novel and established markers of CVD in adolescent youth. American Journal of Human Biology, DOI: 10.1002/ajhb.21166.
2 Gibala MJ, et al. Short-term sprint interval versus traditional endurance training: similar initial adaptations in human skeletal muscle and exercise performance. J Physiol. 2006 Sep 15;575(Pt 3):901-11. Epub 2006 Jul 6.
3 See http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080604101529.htm.
4 See http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/06/070627140103.htm.
5 Hood MS, et al. Low-Volume Interval Training Improves Muscle Oxidative Capacity in Sedentary Adults. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2011 Mar 25. [Epub ahead of print]
6 See http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101025005836.htm.
7 See http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100831073517.htm.