The exercise secret trainers won’t tell you

YOU might be under the impression that losing weight requires you to spend hours slogging away in the gym. But according to scientists, just one extra minute of brisk activity every day can help burn off unwanted kilograms.


Researchers monitored the activity of 4,500 adults, and discovered that how often you exercise your heart and lungs matters more than the duration of the workout.


They found that several short bursts of exertion had the same effect as longer, but less frequent spells of exercise.
Those short bursts could include taking the stairs instead of the lift, parking further away from the shops and walking, or getting off the bus one stop early.


Lead researcher Dr Jessie Fan, from the University of Utah, said: “What we learned is that for preventing weight gain, the intensity of the activity matters more than duration.


“Knowing that even short bouts of brisk activity can add up to a positive effect is really an encouraging message for promoting better health.”

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