A Three Minute Workout Can Be As Good As Fifty Minutes
In a recent study researchers found that a workout that contained 3 rounds of high-intensity exercise (20 seconds long each) interspersed within 2 minutes of medium intensity exercise had VERY similar effects to a cardio workout that lasts 50 minutes.
Yes, you did read that right. The total workout time was 3 minutes, not including a short warm up and cool down, and was performed only 3 times per week.
This means that by saving a small fraction of your week for 3 workouts, you can reap substantial fitness benefits.
The main benefits are improved cardiometabolic health and increased insulin sensitivity, making this perfect for people who do not get enough activity during the week, struggle with high blood sugar, or are overweight.
Gillen JB, Martin BJ, MacInnis MJ, Skelly LE, Tarnopolsky MA, Gibala MJ. Twelve Weeks of Sprint Interval Training Improves Indices of Cardiometabolic Health Similar to Traditional Endurance Training despite a Five-Fold Lower Exercise Volume and Time Commitment. PLoS One. 2016; 11(4):e0154075.