I'm all for cutting corners, especially when it comes to exercise. However, this might be a little too lazy, even for me! I enjoying walking, which is super-popular right now since we're all stuck at home with gyms closed. But if you want to spend 99% of your time on the couch, this might be exciting news for you!
A new study just came out in the journal "Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise" and it found that you might be able to counteract all the sitting you do by working out for just 4-seconds at a time.
In an article from DNYUZ, researchers wanted to know if super-short bursts of intense exercise actually did any good. So, they had people sit for six hours straight, then put them on a stationary exercise bike.
The participants had to peddle as hard as they could for four seconds, then a 45-second break, and they repeated that process five more times.
Each person did it once an hour, for eight hours throughout the day. I know, it might sound like a lot, but that's really only 2 minutes and 40 seconds of actual exercise a day. But here's the catch, it made a significant difference in their health within 24 hours!
When doctors tested their blood the next day, their triglycerides were 30% lower than the day before. Their metabolism had also jumped, so they were burning more calories, even when they were doing nothing.
The study used bikes, but any sort of high-intensity exercise could work. Even a few sets of jumping jacks once an hour could make a big difference. It's worth a try, right?