The evidence for short burst of activity has been mounting for a long time. Now there is research showing that even small sessions can have bona fide benefits. Think: challenging enough to jack up your heart rate, but only a minute or less at a time. (i.e. 20 seconds of work, with 10 seconds of rest repeated several times).
These short and sweet exercise nuggets help build cardiorespiratory health. It has been said that these short bouts of exercise over a period of time (3-5 days a week for 3 weeks) may improve the heart's pumping capacity and ability to transport oxygen throughout the body. They also appear to improve markers of insulin sensitivity and lower triglycerides.
Current exercise guidelines call for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise for a week. This is a far cry from what you'd get from a micro workout, but a micro workout is a great alterative on those days when you can't fit in a longer workout.
No matter your fitness level, micro workouts are an option for everyone. Inactive people stand to gain from them and gym-going folks with desk jobs can reap the rewards when their day gets the best of them.
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- Ability to handle metabolic stress
- Carb/Insulin Sensitivity
- Cholesterol Response