Don't have time for a five-minute coffee break today, let alone a one-hour workout? Don't sweat it: Glorious new research finds that one minute of high intensity exercise can deliver many of the same benefits as your average 50-minute workout. This is not a drill.
In the new study, 25 men were randomly assigned one of two cycling routines. The first was 10 minutes long and broken up into intervals—20 seconds of intensity followed by two minutes of recovery, making for one minute total of actual work. The second, an endurance routine, was simply 45 minutes at a consistently moderate speed. Those doing the latter may have clocked in more time, but after 12 weeks each group showed practically identical results: a boost in insulin resistance, muscle function, and general fitness.
As long as you maintain that intensity, the exercise itself is up to you: Jump rope is always a solid option, as is sprinting or (ugh) burpees. After all, you can do anything for just a minute, right?
Still need some encouragement? Check out these five workouts that will help you ease into the exercise habit!