Wednesday, October 04, 2017 by Frances Bloomfield
Squeezing exercise into a busy schedule is a struggle that many people are familiar with and grapple with constantly. If you’re one of these people, then have we got news for you: a 180-second, high-intensity workout is all you need. Doing this five times a week is a guaranteed way to keep yourself fit and healthy, claimed sports physiotherapist Kusal Goonewardena.
According to DailyMail.co.uk, the workout would entail performing such feats as non-stop skipping, star jumps, or sprinting. People executing the workout should reach a minimum of 85 percent intensity during every routine. This may be exhausting, but Goonewardena notes that doing so will have the same effects as a low-intensity workout that takes up to 30 minutes.
And what effects are these? Lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, smaller waistlines, and enhanced fitness, to name a few. “Research has found all the indicators that showed problems with heart disease and heart attacks actually went down,” Goonewardena told DailyTelegraph.com.au.
While doing the three-minute workout five times every week will suffice, “blitzing” through 21 days of this routine will encourage your body to itch for longer and more intense exercise sessions. Goonewardena explained: “It gives the body momentum to take it to another level, once you push yourself outside of your comfort zone and get the benefits, it becomes a habit for you and the body starts to crave more and more exercise.” (Related: Long Duration or Short Burst Exercising – Deciding Which Is Best for Health and Fat Loss)
Those who wish to up their exercise game without waiting for those 21 days to pass are more than welcome to mix things up. By this, we mean varying things by performing exercises of low, moderate, and high intensity. This will cut your time even shorter, as you can lessen your workouts to about two sessions every week.
As was already mentioned, the three-minute workout is good for your heart and your waistline, but did you know that there are many other health benefits associated with it? Goonewardena’s program is essentially a form of high-intensity interval training or HIIT. Proponents and practitioners of this exercise theory believe that brief and intense bursts of exercise are better than longer and slower workouts. Just how and why HIIT is better is detailed below:
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