Category Archives: Research related to Nano Workouts

More and more scientific studies are being published which show that living an active lifestyle and moving constantly during the day is not even as good as doing a single longer workout, but even better. Here I collect stories and links about research studies and other related material to living life the Nano Workouts way.

Dan Buettner at TED MED

Live to be 100+

In this TED MED talk from 2010 Dan Buettner explains the research he did together with National Geographics to unveil the secret behind living to be 100+ years old.

As you might expect Dan’s research supports the Nano Workout lifestyle and if you got 19 minutes to spare I can highly recommend this TED talk.

The research boiled down to what they call the Power 9. Pay extra attention the what’s rated most important.

1. Move Naturally
2. Have a purpose
3. Down Shift
4. Eat until you are 80% full
5. Eat plants
6. Drink 1-2 glasses of wine every day
7. Belong
8. Loved Ones First
9. Right Tribe


Facebook and texting is stealing your exercise time

A recent UK study showed that the main excuse for not exercising is lack of time, but at the same time half of the participants spent 30-60 minutes every day texting and 30-60 minutes on Facebook.

texting instead of working out

People spend a lot more time on social networks than taking care of themeselves.

The recent study was commissioned by the HIIT fitness system and included 1000 participants.

Among the women, 75% stated that the would like to be in better shape, but 40% said that a lack of time prevented them from working out. But at the same time almost 60% of the surveyed women stated that they spent 30-60 minutes texting every day, and 47% spend 30-60 minutes on Facebook. As for the men 70% state that they don’t have enough time but 45% spend 30-60 minutes on Facebook. I couldn’t find any numbers on texting for men.

Although it appears that it’s not the lack of time which is the problem but rather a lack of motivation and ability to make exercise a part of the daily routine.

It appear that there are many people who would benefit from learning about Nano Workouts since this lowers the threshold for working out to a minimum. Personally I think I’m going to start enforcing a small exercise penalty each time I open Facebook. It might get painful because I’m there quite a lot.



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!