On its website, CBS News (9/4, 5.42M) reports that, according to a study published just this week in the American Journal of Health Promotion, “brief periods of physical activity, provided they are intense enough, can prevent weight gain just as well as the” currently recommended intervals of 10 minutes or more. Researchers arrived at this conclusion after having examined participant data derived from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
This information also has implications for men and women, expectedly. Fox News (9/4, 6.72M) reports on its website that each “minute spent engaging in high-intensity, short bouts of exercise was linked to a .07 decrease in body mass index (BMI)” in women, with similar results seen in men. In addition, “each minute of high intensity exercise was associated with a five percent decreased chance for obesity in women,” while for men, the chance for obesity decreased by two percent.