Hey Slackers! This 4 Second Exercise Routine May Be For You
Okay, I admit to being a borderline slacker. I should be doing a lot more in the way of exercise, but I'm so frickin' busy holding the coach down. An occasional walk will happen, especially lately when there is really not much else to do.
Well, according to a new study done by "Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise" you just might be able to counter all that slack time by exercising for 4 seconds at a time.
To put short bursts of intense exercise to the test, researchers had people sit on a coach for 6 hours (I could do that). After 6 hours of sitting, the researchers put them on a stationary bike and had them peddle as fast as they could for 4 seconds.
After that, a 45 second break and then repeat five times. Participants did this once an hour for 8 hours. I know, sounds like a whole lot of exercise, right? Well, settle down, it only adds up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds of actual exercise.
Researchers found it made a significant difference in their health within 24 hours. After taking blood from the participants, they found their triglycerides were lower by 30%, metabolism had increased and their were burning calories even when doing nothing.
If, by chance, you don't have an exercise bike, just a few intense jumping jacks could be a substitute.
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