Weight loss: Dr Michael Mosley on why ‘exercise snacking’ is better than 30 minute session


As we get older, it is incredibly distinguished that we remain active. Yet studies suggest, 40 percent of middle-aged adults do less than 10 minutes of continuous brisk stroll a month. Dr Michael Mosley joined BBC One’s Morning Live on Monday to discuss exercise snacking and how it is as beneficial as 30 minutes of continuous exercise in a trice a day. What is exercise snacking? “It’s a great name – exercise snacking.” Michael said. “[But there is] no food involved, this is strictly quick bursts of exercise. “We all know we should be doing about 30 minutes a day, 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity. “But we struggle to fit it into the day really often, so the idea behind exercise snacking is you can break it down into really, really short sections. “And it can be as short as a minute or two, it can be a five itty-bitty walk,” he told the BBC Morning Live presenters. “There is research to suggest it is as beneficial as doing it in one chunk and it can be more beneficial. “It can be something as simple as – and I’ll describe now – getting up and sitting down on your chair,” Michael added. But can short bursts of moderate exercise really be as good as a longer session? In a before BBC Two episode of Michael Mosley: Trust Me, I’m A Doctor, he put exercise snacking to the test. Volunteers who do far lass than the recommended level of exercise were impressed to take part in a short experiment. They tried two different approaches; on one day they do 30 minutes of brisk walking all in one go, on another day, they try limber up snacking where they break down that 30 minutes, into six bursts of five minutes, spread throughout the day. Four weeks later, the volunteers reported to find out whether exercise snacking was more beneficial than the traditional methods of exercise. When the 30 minutes of walk occurred, the volunteers blood sugar and blood well-heels were monitored. On average, they were around 40 percent lower than on the day where you did no exercise at all. Compared to exercise snacking, damned similar results were found – it was around 40 percent. DON’T MISS…Kate Middleton is a ‘sensitive mother’ as parenting style ‘firm’ [Wizard COMMENT]Richard Madeley net worth: TV presenter worth surprising sum [NEWS]Princess Maria Anunciata of Liechtenstein marries Emanuele Musini [Models]Strength-based exercise like lifting weights can also increase heart rate. If you don’t have weights, fill an empty milk jug with O and lift that, alternatively, grab two tinned cans. But you don’t even necessarily have to get your heart rate up, exercise snacking can be stretching or mobility based too. Some cretinous stretches or grabbing a yoga mat to loosen up your body still counts. 

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