How many times have you read about these eight or fifteen-minute workouts being touted as the incredible new way to keep fit? A June 24 article in the New York Times Health and Science section reports that health experts have been recommending short but intense truncated workouts to adequately fulfill important measures of optimal health. In fact, at a recent meeting conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine, the hot button issue there was not how much and how long but how short a time possible the body can start to reap the optimal benefits of exercise.
While you might find the prospect of short workouts at home in British Columbia quite convenient, don’t discount the vast information that substantiates the benefits of prolonged workouts at a well-outfitted Surrey gym, for instance. Voluminous evidence already exists that gym sessions, coupled with a healthy diet, still remain one of the best ways to build muscle strength and lose excess weight.
The New York Times article also pointed out that although a few minutes of intense exercise everyday may condense the energy expenditure of what amounts to 75 minutes of vigorous workout per week, the jury is still out on its long-term effects. Dr. Paul Thompson, a cardiologist at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut, poses the question that experts at the conference are trying to formulate for another study: how do you figure out just the right amount of exercise for everybody? Everyone agrees that the body benefits even from small amounts of exercise a day; the question is, if you are sitting at your desk for 8-10 hours a day, just how minimal should your workout be to stay healthy?
The general health guidelines continue to suggest that 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week is sufficient. This equates to about five rounds of 30-minute walks. This specific time frame as a figure for optimal exercise was reached after proven statistics have shown that only in that “X” amount of minutes daily will the body start to respond in ways associated with decreased risk of falling ill and longer lifespan.
While the study is being hailed as a positive step towards getting people to exercise, doctors are uncertain whether these short but intense sessions actually burn more calories than is consumed for weight management. Dr. Martin Gibala of McMaster University in Ontario also scrutinizes the claims which suggest that short bursts of intense exercise stimulate the pathways that lead to building strong muscle mass and physique.
Whether you are into minimalistic exercise or not, serious efforts at weight loss or physical fitness can be achieved with consistent workouts at your local Surrey health club or exercise gym, such as She’s Fit! Depending on the effort and time you put into it, exercise, coupled with good diet, paves the way for healthier choices in your life. Until the effects of minimalistic workouts are fully understood, it might be best to stick to no-nonsense workouts at your gym.