April 20, 2016
By Bodyfit NT Exercise Physiologist Alex Bruggisser
Recent research that has come out of the ongoing Cardia study looks at our cardiovascular health and how it’s effected by short bursts of activity. In other words, the health of our heart and circulatory system (veins, arteries etc), and how good little bits of exercise are for us.
The guidelines say we need to exercise for at least 150 minutes at a moderate to vigorous intensity every week in bouts of at least 10 minutes. The researchers followed over 2,000 people for more than 30 years and looked at the effect of shorter spurts of exercise (less than 10 minutes).
They found that over time:
- Short spurts of exercise don’t decrease your risk of developing obesity, but moderate to vigorous activity lasting 10 minutes or longer does.
- Short spurts of exercise (if lots of them!) do decrease the chance of developing high blood pressure.
So basically, short spurts of exercise are great! BUT, they do not contribute enough to help with weight loss.
Access the full article here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25785930
What is moderate-vigorous intensity exercise? Learn more here: http://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/physical_activity_intensity/en/