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Can three minutes of exercise a week help make you fit?

#1  Postby trubble76 » Feb 28, 2012 1:41 pm

A few relatively short bursts of intense exercise, amounting to only a few minutes a week, can deliver many of the health and fitness benefits of hours of conventional exercise, according to new research, says Dr Michael Mosley. But how much benefit you get from either may well depend on your genes.

When I first read studies which suggested that I could make significant and measurable changes to my fitness by doing just three minutes of exercise a week, I was incredulous.

But this apparently outrageous claim is supported by many years of research done in a number of different countries including the UK, so I decided to give it a go.

My guide into the world of High Intensity Training (HIT), was Jamie Timmons, professor of ageing biology at Birmingham University.

Jamie assured me that by doing just three minutes of HIT a week for four weeks, I could expect to see significant changes in a number of important health indices.


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#2  Postby DavidMcC » Feb 28, 2012 2:02 pm

I would have thought it depended not just on your genetic make-up, but also your diet, and how much incidental exercise you get from the other 10077 minutes in the week.
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#3  Postby Pulsar » Feb 28, 2012 8:58 pm

Starts now on BBC2.
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#4  Postby 210karman » Feb 28, 2012 9:20 pm

We have a health campaign at work just now and they been advising something similar - 4 minute intensive bursts of exercise (at approx 80% of your recommended maximum heart rate) with a minutes rest. Reasonably fit people should try to repeat this four times in one session. Number of days per week is up to the individual. Anyway, I'm doing this on my spinning bike at home and combining it with normal cycling to work and will see how it goes. For me it's much more about weight control than fitness although I do feel much better generally whilst I'm doing plenty of exercise.

Three minutes a week to keep fit ? I'm pretty sceptical on that. Unfortunately I'll have to try to watch the programme later as the wife is watching (cringe) Big Fat Gypsy Weddings. :yuk:
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#5  Postby campermon » Feb 28, 2012 9:29 pm

Does running to the local shop to stock up on fags and beer before it shuts count?

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#6  Postby Animavore » Feb 28, 2012 9:32 pm

This is exactly my life. I don't have to do shit. Brilliant!
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#7  Postby campermon » Feb 28, 2012 9:37 pm

:lol:

We must be super fit!

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#8  Postby Doubtdispelled » Feb 28, 2012 10:09 pm

campermon wrote:Does running to the local shop to stock up on fags and beer before it shuts count?

:ask:

Yes, definitely! Oh but wait, don't you have to do that more than once a week? :angel:
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#9  Postby campermon » Feb 28, 2012 10:10 pm

Doubtdispelled wrote:
campermon wrote:Does running to the local shop to stock up on fags and beer before it shuts count?

:ask:

Yes, definitely! Oh but wait, don't you have to do that more than once a week? :angel:


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#10  Postby trubble76 » Mar 01, 2012 11:27 am

I decided to give it a go. 40 seconds of gentle cycling followed by 20 seconds of mental quick-as-you-can cycling, repeated twice. 3 minutes in all.
The first session was yesterday, I felt sick. I mean really sick, it took me an embarrasingly long time to recover but I shall persevere. Hopefully I will survive tomorrow's session.
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#11  Postby The_Metatron » Mar 01, 2012 1:18 pm

campermon wrote:Does running to the local shop to stock up on fags and beer before it shuts count?

:ask:

What is this? I am under the impression you had given up the smokes. Beer, on the other hand? I'd hang on to that.
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#12  Postby trubble76 » Mar 02, 2012 10:24 am

The 2nd session was a bit better. I didn't think my death was imminent this time. Perhaps that means I'm on my way to superfitness? :think:
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#13  Postby MedGen » Mar 03, 2012 10:38 am

trubble76 wrote:The 2nd session was a bit better. I didn't think my death was imminent this time. Perhaps that means I'm on my way to superfitness? :think:


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#14  Postby campermon » Mar 03, 2012 11:37 am

The_Metatron wrote:
campermon wrote:Does running to the local shop to stock up on fags and beer before it shuts count?

:ask:

What is this? I am under the impression you had given up the smokes. Beer, on the other hand? I'd hang on to that.


I've fell off the wagon a couple of times.... :oops:
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#15  Postby Doubtdispelled » Mar 03, 2012 5:18 pm

campermon wrote:I've fell off the wagon a couple of times....

I've never managed to climb on it except for once, for three weeks, many years ago. I fell off spectacularly when my then hubby was rushed into hospital. Unless, that is, you count the odd day or two when I swear that I'm going to give up, after just one more cigarette....

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Fifty times in a week I'll say
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When I've had just one more cigarette....
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#16  Postby The_Metatron » Mar 03, 2012 5:29 pm

campermon wrote:
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campermon wrote:Does running to the local shop to stock up on fags and beer before it shuts count?

:ask:

What is this? I am under the impression you had given up the smokes. Beer, on the other hand? I'd hang on to that.


I've fell off the wagon a couple of times.... :oops:

Well, you just get right back on that fucker, then!
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#17  Postby 210karman » Mar 03, 2012 10:13 pm

I gave up smoking in 1996. I have many friends (and not least the missus :heart:) who smoke. I gave up because I felt a bit disturbed by it. If you are a smoker and you don't feel disturbed by it then just carry on. If it ever starts to get to your brain then it could be time to give up. I found that bragging about my ability to give up helped. The yearning for the smokes ended up being less of a fear than the humiliation of failure. (Remember, if you give up and then start again, you threw the uncomfortable times you spent down the drain. :think: )

ps My wife's father is 83, been smoking since he was 14 and is a credit to our species so....it's not the worst thing to do. :cheers:
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#18  Postby Stagman » Mar 04, 2012 1:13 am

I think the emphasis here is on getting and being fit and not so much whether or not you smoke tobacco products.
Put it this way - you can do all the physical exersise you want, but your chances of dieing prematurely are near if not higher than 50% if you also smoke. Three minutes might make you feel better now, but is pretty much negated by that one fag afterward.

I do a fair bit of High Intensity Training, more than 3 minutes each week. It sure helps. As times passes I notice my physical condition and fitness is increasing dramatically.
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#19  Postby AlohaChris » Mar 07, 2012 2:59 am

Tabata workouts have been around for years and can be very effective in producing fitness. :thumbup:

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#20  Postby Lance » Mar 08, 2012 7:29 am

Any exercise is better than no exercise, even three minutes.

But no. It will not make you fit. Lots of researchers have come up with the general conclusion that 20 minutes three times a week is a reasonable minimum.
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