Expert: One minute workouts require more effort than you think

A team at McMaster University in Ontario studied 20 somethings and found the group doing just a minute of high intensity training mixed in with nine minutes of warming up and cooling down did just as well as the group working out for 50 minutes.

Did it grab our attention: "The One Minute Workout."

Yes the science is real, but you need to hear the rest of the story.

The headlines claiming that just a one-minute workout could change your life certainly grabbed our attention. Scientifically, that short work out is proven to make you healthier. And, yes the science is real, but you need to hear the rest of the story.

It's true one minute of high intensity exercise can benefit your body -- but let's be very clear.

"It's ten minutes, total, of which one minute is hard work and the nine minutes are warm up and cool down," says Cardiologist Dr. Joel Kahn.

A team at McMaster University in Ontario studied 20 something’s and found the group doing just a minute of high intensity training mixed in with nine minutes of warming up and cooling down, did just as well as the group working out for 50 minutes.

"So, 10 minutes equals 50 in terms of getting rid of diabetes potential, building muscle, weight and feeling fit. So 10 minutes can do it if you're ready to take on that challenge -- but be careful if you're not," says Dr. Kahn.

Cardiologist Dr. Joel Kahn explains that during that one minute, you should feel like you’re running or biking for your life.

For those of us who can't handle that level of intensity, his message is  clear -- one minute of moderate activity does not cut it.

"So the idea is, I'll do a little workout for 10 minutes instead and that's just as good as 50. No," says Dr. Kahn. "If you're going to do this you have to do this hard, and this is where the caution comes in."

Walking if you can do it is always considered a great exercise that doesn't take many resources.

There are also chair exercises for people who aren't as mobile, or those who are stuck at a desk all day. You can find an example of those exercises HERE.


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