This one is for all of those who claim they have “no time” to exercise. Exactly how long does a workout need to be in order to garner some health benefit? 4 minutes. Yes, 4 minutes, according to a study detailed in a recent New York Times article. Here are some of the key excerpts from the study and article:
“One of the main reasons people give” for not exercising is that they don’t have time, says Arnt Erik Tjonna, a postdoctoral fellow at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, who led the study.
So he and his colleagues decided to slim down the regimen and determine whether a single, strenuous four-minute workout would effectively improve health and fitness.
At the end of the program, the men had increased their maximal oxygen uptake, or endurance capacity, by an average of 10 percent or more, with no significant differences in the gains between the two groups.
Be sure to go read the whole article, but only after you’ve gotten at least a 4-minute workout in! The bottom line is nearly everyone has the time to do something healthy every day. What will you do today?