Short Blasts of Exercise as Good as Hours of Training, Scientists Find

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Less really
can be more when it comes to exercise, scientists have discovered.

The body can
get as much benefit from a short but intensive bursts of exercise
lasting ten minutes than it can from ten hours of moderate training.

The technique
not only takes less time but also involves much less physical effort.

believe their findings "blow away" the belief that staying
in shape is a time-consuming affair.

The claim was
made after a study into the benefits of "high intensity interval
training", known as HIT, by McMaster University, Ontario, Canada.

The technique
involves running or cycling at almost maximum effort for a minute
and then resting for a minute before repeating the process around
10 times.

HIT is "a
time-efficient but safe alternative to traditional types of moderate
long term exercise," they discovered.

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15, 2010

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