Exercise: What’s The Bare Minimum I Can Do?

  • 2019-01-03
  • The Guardian

Modern high-intensity workouts are seductively short – but do they offer the same life-extending benefits as established exercise regimes?

While many of us start with good intentions, various surveys suggest that a substantial number of those gym memberships go largely unused, with many of us citing lack of time, or tiredness after work, as the major hurdles.

Scientists define the “150 minute” mark as the average amount of time where the majority of people will see benefits in everything from cholesterol levels to body fat percentage, sleep quality, mental health, bone density, and even holding back the ageing process.

While more intense workouts can cut the amount of weekly time we need to spend on cardio, the same doesn’t apply for other categories of exercise, such as strength training and stretching.