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If you’re looking to create a successful fitness lifestyle, it may be less challenging than you think. Recent research is now showing that if you do a few quick minutes of moderate to intense exercise throughout the day, you’ll already be off to a great start. In fact, those little “snack” size workouts are enough to improve cardiovascular health.
The study was conducted by kinesiologists at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan, and McMaster University. Their findings were published in the Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism journal. They indicated that pretty much anyone can create a successful fitness lifestyle no matter who they are or where they are.
Senior study author Martin Gibala, a McMaster University kinesiology professor pointed out that these small “exercise snacks” are very simple to fit into a day. These very short workouts are enough to form a heart friendly successful fitness lifestyle.
Small sized activities can be made up of virtually anything. The first recommendation Gibala pointed to was stair climbing. He said that people who live in apartment buildings or who work in office towers have the opportunity to vigorously climb a few flights of stairs at lunchtime, during breaks, in the evening, or even first thing in the morning. That, alone, can make up an effective workout.
The idea is to use a regular and convenient activity and do it briskly for a brief vigorous workout. The outcome is that when this is done regularly throughout the day, it’s enough to make a difference to a person’s cardiovascular health.
This is not the first study to indicate that a successful fitness lifestyle doesn’t need to be made up of length workout sessions each day. Instead, They’ve found that short bouts of vigorous exercise, which can otherwise be known as sprint interval training (SIT), are still highly effective. These should consist of intense bursts of activity for about ten minutes at a time, including recovery times between bursts.
In this most recent study, they found that even if lots of tiny vigorous activities were taken on – not even ten minutes at a time – they would also improve cardio-respiratory fitness (CRF). Good CRF is associated with longevity and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
Therefore, as you focus on creating your successful fitness lifestyle, consider simply taking on more of your usual activities in a rapid and vigorous way throughout the day. Run up the stairs. Jog to your car. Get up and do a quick round of jumping jacks. It all adds up and is effective.
Establishing a successful fitness lifestyle is among the most beneficial components you can add to a long-term weight management strategy. By choosing to be physically active on a regular basis in such a beneficial way, you will be sure to enjoy advantages across many categories of your wellness.
Managing your weight is only the start. While it can support burning through more calories, the true value is in controlling your weight so that you will be less likely to watch the lost pounds climbing back on again. When you are taking a successful fitness lifestyle seriously, that is a serious feature for your efforts.
That said, this habit also contributes to better overall cardiovascular health, balance, strength, mental health, confidence, as well as a reduced risk of some forms of cancer, and even a decrease in the risk of constipation. The key is to start at a level that is appropriate for you and to continue to adapt your strategy over time so that it always suits your current goals.