Is 10 minutes of exercise enough?

Getting in shape doesn’t require spending hours at the gym. In fact, you can do it at home  in as little as 10 minutes per day. A growing number of 10 minute exercise programs promise that you can build muscle and improve your aerobic fitness in just 10 minutes per day. This is good news for people who think they are too busy to exercise (even though they probably aren’t).

But do these programs work? And are they right for you? I address these questions (and more) in my Health & Fitness column in the Aiken Standard today.

If you’re research-minded, here is a nice review of the evidence for short-duration, high-intensity training:

Gibala MJ, McGee SL. Metabolic adaptations to short-term high-intensity interval training: a little pain for a lot of gain? Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2008;36(2):58-63.

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