Exercising in bursts could burn 200 extra calories a day
Many of us were inspired to get an athlete’s body after the 2012 Olympics, but most of us found our busy schedules don’t allow time for long workouts in the gym.
So it’s good news that scientists have discovered that doing intense exercise for just two-and-a-half minutes a day could help you lose weight and stay slim.
A concentrated burst of exercising, followed by easy recovery, can burn almost 200 extra calories.
During the study, by researchers at Colorado University, five healthy men aged 25-31 lived in a sealed off room for three days so their oxygen, carbon dioxide and water levels could be monitored in order to see how many calories they burned.
For two days they spent time doing sedentary activities, but on the last day they did five 30 second sprint workouts at high resistance on a stationary bike. This helped them to burn nearly 200 calories.
Each burst of exercise was seperated by a four minute recovery period, in which they pedalled slowly.
Kyle Sevits, a researcher from Colorado State University said it would work better ‘in the real world with the guidance of a personal trainer.’
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