Just 60 seconds of intense exercise three times a week can improve fitness and lower blood pressure, a new study has said.
Participants were asked to warm up on stationary bikes for two minutes before cycling as hard as they could for three 20 second bursts, during the study by McMaster University in Ontario. This was followed by two minutes of slow pedalling before a cool down of three minutes.
The exercise regime improved the endurance levels of 14 overweight male and female participants by 12 per cent after just six weeks. Male volunteers improved their blood-sugar control, whereas the females did not.
It does not have to be cycling either- as the exercise could work by sprinting up the stairs or even jogging on the spot.