You can’t do much in a minute. Maybe brush your teeth or ride up the elevator to work, but you can’t do anything in 60 seconds that’s necessarily influential. Or can you?
When it comes to exercise, a minute might be all you need to start impacting your health and fitness. Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario found in a recent study that just three minutes of high intensity interval training (HIIT), within longer workouts (warm up and cool down periods), per week may influence your body for the better.
HIIT training calls for repeated bursts of exercise embedded within a longer workout. The idea is to use at least 80% of your maximum heart rate for a quick burst, then go back to a slower pace. There is no set time for how long you should max out, though one popular form is Tabata (coined by Izumi Tabata during his work on Olympic speed skaters in the 90’s), which calls for 20 seconds of intense training and then 10 seconds off.