Some Startling Revelations About Exercise, Fitness and Health
I watched a program on television last night on fitness. The show actually focused on the most recent studies on fitness and health.
It was primarily based on research conducted by Nottingham University. University of Nottingham in the UK.
It was a matter of shocking revelations regarding exercising.
The second was that if you do not exercise, the cholesterol levels increase and fat increases in your bloodstream frequently at alarming levels. Therefore, a lifestyle of sedentary living should not be a priority. Moving was extremely beneficial, even standing more beneficial than sitting for long periods of time. Standing and sitting with some moving had numerous benefits. The primary benefit was cholesterol and fat levels in blood drastically reduced, which had important health advantages. Thus, any exercise is better than none.
The next question was how much exercise we really require?
The truth is that we don’t really need to because the body is equipped with the ability to activate a switch that is activated by the smallest amount of exercise. The switch, once activated is a source of many benefits for the body, including decreasing cholesterol and fat levels and can even influence the aerobic fitness.
It turns out that this level of exercise takes twenty seconds, three times during an exercise day. And the days of exercise are only three times per week. The best way to approach this is to do the most intense you can on your exercise bike for 20 seconds. This is when you flick the switch within your body. You then rest for a few minutes and then go as hard as possible for 20 seconds. The remainder of the exercise would be repeated, followed by a second time of doing the maximum amount of effort you can on the bike.
What you’re doing with these three bursts of intense exercise is to ensure that you’ve activated your body’s switch.
Then at the close of week one, you’d have completed three sessions of exercise which totaled three minutes of actual exercise. In the course of the month you’d have done 12 minutes of real exercise.
I’ve mentioned before that this fitness program seems to affect the body’s aerobic fitness. It depends on the genes you carry. Researchers from The University of Nottingham look for 11 genes that are telling tale and based on what they discover, they are able to determine the degree of impact that the exercise can affect fitness for aerobic exercise.
They employ a common measure of VO2max to assess fitness for aerobic exercise (VO2max can be expressed as an absolute number in units of litres of oxygen in a minutes (l/min) and/or as a percentage rate for oxygen consumption in millilitres/kg of body weight for a given minute (ml/kg/min) This second expression is frequently used to measure the performance of endurance sport athletes.
There you go Don’t be doing nothing but sitting all day long; make an effort to stand up when you work. If you’re unable to make it into the fitness center, perform an hour-long burst in aerobic exercises.