The Six Minute a Week Workout

Or, the Two Minute Workout. Sounds hokey, I know, but while in a train on the way home from work last Monday (June 6), I’ve read in the free daily Melbourne-based newspaper MX a short article titled Get fit in two minutes. It immediately got my attention.

Here is a quote from the MX newspaper article:

Only two minutes of intense exercise a day does as much to improve fitness levels as two hours of moderate training, according to research.

The article suggests that the workout is aimed at average healthy men and women between the ages of 25 and 35. Given that, here is the workout, also called the “Sprint Interval Training”: You need a stationary bike and you must cycle as fast and as hard as you can for 30 seconds. This is followed by four minutes of rest. Then repeat the process three more times so that in the end, you would’ve cycled a total of two minutes for a total session time of 14 minutes (by my calculations).

This is certainly welcome news for me as I definitely need to exercise but don’t want to spare a lot of time to do so. Right now, I have a 45-minute workout riding our stationary bike while playing a game on the PS2. I play a game at the same time to take my mind of the fact that I’m exercising.

I looked up the workout on the web to get more details about it before I get myself into it. Here are some links that turned up the same story:

If you intend to do this workout though, be sure to read the WebMD article at least so that you will get a better idea of its intricacies first.

And be warned, according to the same article, “If you’re going to try this technique, remember that it’s important to consult your doctor before beginning any kind of exercise.”

Published in: on June 10, 2005 at 12:30 pm  Leave a Comment