Exercise Snacking: How to Make 1 Minute of Exercise Work Like 30 Minutes

TIME

Think of exercise the same way you think of food, and break it up into snack-sized sessions rather than marathon ones. That’s the message of the latest study published in the journal Diabetologia, which showed that parsing physical activity into short bouts of intense exercise is better than working out once a day. If snacking throughout the day is one way to keep your weight in check (as long as you don’t go overboard and stick to healthy ones), why not exercise snack too?

The trial was small but provides some encouraging ways to make exercise more efficient. And who doesn’t want to learn how to stay trim by trimming the time spent at the gym?

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All of the participants were just beginning to show signs of insulin resistance, one of the first steps toward diabetes, in which the body’s…

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