This article annoyed me today… the headline asks ‘Can 3 minutes of exercise a week make you fit?’
Then when you read into it, it’s actually 4 sessions of at least 23 minutes with 3 minutes of High Intensity work.
It’s not 3 minutes of work. It’s a 2 minute warm up followed by 9 repeats of 20 seconds all out effort, followed by 2 minutes of recovery work: 23 minutes.
To be honest, if you are going from nothing, 23 minutes of any type of exercise, High Intensity or Aerobic will benefit you. High Intensity training is good for burning calories and improving fitness, but I hate how they cut it down like this just to grab a headline.
The article then goes on to say that the aerobic fitness of some of the individuals in the studies went up, but due to genetics and people being ‘non responders’ it didn’t work for everyone.
If this improves the health of people who don’t have the time or motivation to exercise, then I think it’s fantastic. But I’d be surprised if it really makes you fit, strong, or helps your stamina. And it’s not just 3 minutes, its 3 minutes of high intensity work, as part of 23 minutes of work!!!
I do quite a of lot exercise, (as you probably already know), and include high intensity training one to two times a week. I’ve got to say, being fit and well and feeling fit is the best feeling aruond.
Good luck to anyone who tries it (or includes it as part of their routine), but it’s not the be all and end all, and I think it’s best to have a mixed varied weekly workout routine with activities you enjoy (socially or on your own).
The programme is on tonight and I think I might just watch it to see what the back up is:
Michael Mosley presents Horizon: The Truth About Exercise is on BBC Two at 21:00 GMT on Tuesday 28 February 2012 or watch online afterwards at the above link.