Are Short Workouts Better for Your Health?

If you read health magazines or follow health trends, you’ve probably seen stories about the benefits of short workouts. High intensity interval training is popular in health clubs right now and a new kind of workout called Tabata training is also getting a lot of attention. The workouts are appealing because they are short. But are they really better for your health?

Minimize Weight Gain in Less Time

A recent study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion evaluated data from nearly 5000 participants over three years. The researchers found that short high intensity bursts of activity were linked to a lower risk of obesity. This led study authors to conclude that hard mini workouts lasting ten minutes or less can be an effective form of weight gain prevention.

Are Mini Workouts Right for Me?

For most people, any increase in physical activity level is a good thing. But to reap the benefits of short high intensity workouts, you have to work at a difficulty level that may be too intense for some people. What’s the best way to find out? Speak to your health care provider. Your doctor will be able to tell you if you are healthy enough for vigorous activities like jogging or tennis. He may also be able to explain how an exercise program can improve your health, which might help you stick to your program.

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