Short Bouts of Exercise Are Better than One Long One

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    Jul 11, 2013 1:15 AM GMT
    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/05/ask-well-3-short-workouts-or-1-long-one/

    [W]hen researchers examined exercise and blood pressure control in a 2012 study, they found that one 30-minute afternoon walk improved blood pressure readings for 24 hours among adults with borderline hypertension. Three 10-minute walks spaced throughout the day improved overall blood pressure just as effectively, but unlike the single session, they also blunted subsequent spikes in pressure, which can indicate worsening blood pressure control.

    In another study presented at the sports medicine meeting, Taiwanese researchers reported that eight weeks of treadmill jogging significantly improved college students’ endurance, and the improvements were almost identical, whether the volunteers jogged for 30 minutes or for three 10-minute sessions on the same day.
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    Jul 11, 2013 1:55 AM GMT
    This has produced good results for me both in cardio and weights. The problem is it does not do anything for athletic endurance (aerobic) but can be good for anaerobic.
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    Jul 11, 2013 11:11 AM GMT
    hockeyfwd saidThis has produced good results for me both in cardio and weights. The problem is it does not do anything for athletic endurance (aerobic) but can be good for anaerobic.


    Apparently studies suggest that shorter interval training is also good for endurance and that marathon running for instance (that I would have thought would be good for athletic endurance) isn't and is actually bad for the heart:
    http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2012/01/25/cardio-may-damage-heart.aspx
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    Jul 11, 2013 4:33 PM GMT
    riddler78 said


    Apparently studies suggest that shorter interval training is also good for endurance and that marathon running for instance (that I would have thought would be good for athletic endurance) isn't and is actually bad for the heart:
    http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2012/01/25/cardio-may-damage-heart.aspx


    Interesting. Personally I felt like I didn't gain any endurance. I was worn down my the 3rd period. I'll do some research and try to figure out what I might be doing wrong. Thank you!
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    Jul 11, 2013 4:55 PM GMT
    Interesting. I wonder how that concept would apply to resistance training? Most of my workouts end up getting spaced out like that - lift a set, answer the phone, lift a set, write a report, lift a set, start a lab procedure, lift a set, finish the lab procedure, etc.

    It doesn't feel as intense as just staying in the weight room for the two hours, although there is more recovery between sets, so I may get in more over-all volume.
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    Jul 11, 2013 6:46 PM GMT
    I have heard of this study. Although there may be some benefit to doing multiple, short bouts of exercise throughout the day, I don't think that's practical for most people. Having to go to the gym, warm up, cool down, shower, etc., 3 times per day would be very time consuming.

    More research needs to be done...but even if there are benefits, I'm not sure that the vast majority of people who exercise would be able to do what is necessary to see those benefits.
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    Jul 11, 2013 11:11 PM GMT
    Meh, just another proof that HIIT is better than standard everyday boring-ass cardio.