With exercise, every minute counts

  • Article by: GRETCHEN REYNOLDS , New York Times
  • Updated: July 23, 2013 - 11:51 AM

Fitness experts advise 150 minutes of exercise a week, but they are finding that people also get good results from short, intense workouts.

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regionguyJul. 22, 13 7:10 PM

This type of interval training has been used with athletes since at least the 1930's, so in that sense this is not at all new news. But applying it to the general population and seeing what the health benefits might be is a definitely worthwhile effort.

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beaver88Jul. 23, 1311:14 AM

The problem here will be that people will think that all they have to do is the intervals. This is not the case. Combined with other bouts of normal exercise though intervals can have big bennefits. No magic pill for health, weight or exercise.

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shuckJul. 23, 13 4:10 PM

"adding that short, intense exercise “does not seem to stimulate the hypertrophic physiological pathways” that result in larger, stronger muscles." -=- Really? Because that seems to be exactly the recipie used when trying to build strength and bulk up (higher weight, lower reps). Maybe that's different for endurance athletes/activities but it doesn't seem like it would be too outrageous of an outcome. Now, the less intuitive side is whether it builds the same level of general fitness, but I guess that's what they're trying to decide.

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