This One-Minute Exercise Is More Effective Than a Full Workout, Study Finds

Sophie Miura

We've got good news and bad news. The good news is that fresh findings suggest it takes just one minute of exercise to boost your health. The bad news? Now you have zero excuses not to work out.

Contrary to popular belief that good fitness is achieved by slogging it out at the gym, a Canadian study has found that one minute is all it takes. The research, which was published in the journal PLOS One, found that 60 seconds of high-intensity exercise proved to be just as effective at improving overall health and fitness as a 45-minute workout.

"The catch is that the minute was divided into three 20-second bursts of activity with a little bit of recovery," Martin Gibala, a professor of kinesiology at McMaster University, told CBC. Participants were asked to go "all-out" on an exercise bike for 20 seconds and then had a period of easy cycling between each session to recover.

So should you ditch your hour-long workout in place of short bursts of high-intensity exercise? "If you are an elite athlete, then obviously incorporating both endurance and interval training into an overall program maximizes performance," Gibala told The New York Times. "But if you are someone, like me, who just wants to boost health and fitness and you don't have 45 minutes or an hour to work out, our data show that you can get big benefits from even a single minute of intense exercise."

Still not seeing results from your workout? This might be why.

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