Researchers in Norway have recently conducted a study looking into how short a workout can be and still produce noticeable results. This is an important area, due to the fact that many individuals cite “lack of time” as a major reason for not exercising. I feel like getting the most done that you can in a short amount of time is not only the most efficient form of exercise, but the best at getting results, also. But, I’m a little skeptical of just how little time these researchers claim can produce noticeable improvements.
Without getting into too many of the details, the study showed that only 4 minutes of high-intensity running, 3 times a week, for 10 weeks can be enough to greatly improve maximal oxygen uptake, or endurance capacity, by more than 10%. There are obviously MANY factors that could play a role in the results of this study. Too many to list, to be honest. So I don’t doubt that these subjects saw results. But, with that said, I don’t think they’re applicable. I’m sorry, but you’ll never convince me that ONLY 12 MINUTES of exercise a week is enough to see both health and performance gains. It just isn’t enough time. Yes, it means you’re getting up off your ass and doing something, but it’s not going to be enough to accomplish anything.
The article, which you can read here, notes one of the researchers saying that exercise “getting in shape does not demand a big effort” when it comes to time. There in lies the problem…. By trying to sell a lie to those who don’t exercise from the beginning, you’re setting them up for failure before they even start. It is going to take a major time investment. It is going to be difficult. And it will require sacrifice. Anybody who tells you anything different is flat out wrong and lying right to your face.