September 20, 2002 | David F. Coppedge

No More Excuses: You Have Time to Work Out

If you use the excuse that you don’t have the time to exercise, consider a study from McMaster University in Canada that found a short, 20-minute intense workout can be just as effective as two hours of moderate exercise.  You can manage 20 minutes, can’t you?  Another Canadian study mentioned on EurekAlert claims that walking, while better than no exercise, may not be enough for significant health benefits.
    The write-up on Live Science includes links to earlier articles that show hiking heals depression, harder exercise produces quicker recovery, and lifting weights slims down the waistline.  Chronic couch potatoes might like the article from UCI instead.  It shows that too little fat can have negative consequences.  If you do go out for a vigorous walk, now you can put on a non-toxic, plant-based tanning oil that prevents skin damage, reported News@Nature.

It’s a common excuse to be too busy for exercise.  Try this article’s advice: make better use of less time.  No more long, slow walks on the treadmill; crank up the incline and the speed, and work up a good, short sweat.  Do your own scientific experiment to see if it helps; better than nothing at all.  Of course, follow common sense and doctor’s advice for your age and condition.  If you can, work up to getting that heart pumping and the breathing heavy.  Find a way to work it into your schedule somewhere, even if just 20 minutes of intense activity and a quick shower.  It’s a small investment that will pay dividends by making the rest of your day more effective.  Think how much better the day will go with a sharper mind, more energy and a better outlook on life.

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