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1 minute of intense exercise is comparable to 45 minutes of moderate exercise
Finally – you really can fit exercising into your packed schedule!
Considering the fact that High-Intensity Training (HIIT) was ranked as the #1 fitness trend for 2015 by the American College of Sports Medicine and rated as #3 for 2016, it’s no surprise that a study would emerge surrounding the topic. Scientists at McMaster University in Canada wanted to study how beneficial short interval training workouts really are, and how they stack up against traditional aerobic exercise.
In their April 2016 study, they explained that they observed three groups of men for 12 weeks. One group was the control group (they didn’t exercise at all) and the other two groups both rode stationary bikes. One group rode it at a moderate pace for 45 minutes, 3 times a week, and the other rode it for 10 minutes, three times a week, with only 1 minute being intense.
At the end of the study, the 45-minute group had spent a total of 27 hours on the bike, whereas the interval-training group had only spent 6. The overall results were virtually the same, and both groups had increased their endurance levels by 20%!
So, what do these findings prove? They demonstrate that even if you can only give it your all for 1 minute during your next spin class (let’s face it – they can be hard!), you can still give yourself a massive pat on the back.
It’s important to note that this study only included men, however we have a feeling that women would display very similar results, considering how beneficial (and popular) HIIT has been for females thus far!
1-minute of all-out exercise will give you maximum results in a minimal amount of time, however we do recommend scheduling in some other physical activities a week as well, like running. No more excuses for skipping a workout!