You’re planning your New Year exercise program and voila! You read about seven-minute and four-minute workouts. Can you really cut your daily exercise to less than ten minutes and still magically reap the benefits?
Not quite—and here’s why. Even if an exercise program is four minutes, you still need a warm-up and cool down period. Plus, short workouts are most effective when repeated at least two or three times.
The other key is intensity. Short programs require a tall effort—with very high intensity. And if you’re just starting to exercise again, that may not even be healthy.
So are four or seven minutes the magic answers? Well, they may be a great first step for some people.
Some workouts are definitely more effective than others, but when it comes to that “magic” one…well, any magician will tell you magic is just an illusion.
Here are some more of my blogs on this topic:
- Exercise Less
- Want to get healthy? Will exercising 7 minutes a week work? How about 3 minutes?
- 5 Ways to Avoid Winter Weight Gain
- 15 minutes’ daily exercise boosts life expectancy by three years
- Regular exercise boosts the brain, especially for kids
- FDA is warning makers of “workout boosters” of dangers
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