Tuesday, 6 March 2012

How to get fit in 3 minutes! (no joke)

You can shrink hours of exercise down to 3 minutes according to new research says Dr Mosley.

The genius behind this is that people who don't aren't a fan of exercising or sport can still get fit!


HIT or High intensity training is the secret behind the magic. Research shows that short bursts of an intense workout has some surprising benefits.

If you want to test this out yourself..
  • Try jogging for 5 minutes. 
  • Now try sprinting down your road for 30 seconds. You're more tired after sprinting right? 
Oh well you probably didn't try that but you know what I mean. The sprint demands a lot of energy and therefore taps into your alternative energy supply; fat.

You lazy people

The government recommends you do at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise (so jogging, cycling) a week or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise a week.

However, polls show that over 3/4 of Britons don't do this!

So HIT is kind of a saviour, if you can't be bothered to dig out your bike, at least you can still keep fit.

A simple program

I'll give you one here to get started, assuming you have access to a cycling machine
  1. Do some warm up, roughly 1 minute of gentle cycling, nothing major; so don't go all out yet!
  2. Give it your best. Cycle as if a giant man-eating spider is chasing after you for 20 seconds.
  3. It's important you don't stop! Just slow back down to your gentle pace for a minute.
  4. After you've regained your energy, cycle like hell again for another 20 seconds
  5. Repeat steps 3-4 once more
  6. Slow down and gradually come to a stop
Now you should be pretty knackered after that, but at least you got away from the spider! You'll notice your heart feels like it's going to explode out of your chest, that's good by the way :)

Just do this 3-4 times a week and you should be keeping yourself fit.

You must remember that you aren't going to be Arnold Schwarzenegger after a week, you have to keep it going and do some different workouts. This is just a general tip to stop yourself being fat.

..Okay maybe I lied about 3 minutes, it's more like 4 or 5 

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