We have all heard at one time or another that people who stay active during the week are more likely to be in better shape and healthier than those who spend most of their time doing sedentary activities.
For many people, the main reason they don’t work out is because of a lack of time to devote to it. Having a full time job or a family to attend to are time consuming aspects of life and by the time it’s all taken care of for the day, it’s either too late to exercise or you find yourself too tired.
Because people often find it difficult to muster up the energy to work out, they decide to incorporate short walks or moderate forms of exercise into their weekly routines; and while moderate exercise is better than nothing at all, a new study is showing it’s healthier to have short, more intense exercise sessions than longer, more moderate exercises.
These new findings are recorded on livescience.com, and share how researchers have found that people who incorporate shorter, more vigorous exercise sessions decrease their odds of developing metabolic syndrome by two-thirds. (It’s important to note these comparisons were made on people burning the same total amount of calories per pound of body weight. The only difference was the level of intensity of their work out.)
According to myhealthnewsdaily.com, people with metabolic syndrome may show excess fat in their waist, have high blood pressure, and low levels of “good” cholesterol, which puts them at a higher risk of a stroke, diabetes, or heart disease.
The good news about this new finding is you don’t need to set aside as much time for your work out sessions, which gives you more time to focus on the other important aspects of your life.
What are some of you favorite shorter, more intense work out sessions? Comment and let us know!