woman walking stairs

It is about activity and intensity, not duration. Every minute counts.

A recent study from the University of Utah shows that when it comes to exercise, accumulated time counts just as much as a single longer workout. You might think I payed for the research because it’s dead on promotion for Nano Workouts.

woman walking stairs

Taking the stairs is a great way to sneak in exercise in your eveyday life.

The current US governmental recommendations are that for exercise to be effective you must to do 10 minutes or more at a time. Since I have been advocating short bursts of exercise for a long time it comes as no surprise that more and more research are supporting this.

People often complain that they don’t have time to exercise, even for 10 minutes. But this research shows that it’s about activity and intensity, not duration.

“What we learned is that for preventing weight gain, the intensity of the activity matters more than duration,” says Jessie X. Fan, professor of family and consumer studies at the U. “This new understanding is important because fewer than 5 percent of American adults today achieve the recommended level of physical activity in a week according to the current physical activity guidelines. Knowing that even short bouts of ‘brisk’ activity can add up to a positive effect is an encouraging message for promoting better health.”

Always take the stairs!