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BITE-SIZE WORKOUTS

Too busy for that long run? Breaking your daily exercise into 10-minute ‘snacks’ is the answer

For decades we’ve equated fitness with endurance; we see runners, triathletes and cyclists as the fittest of the bunch, because they can keep going for mile after mile. New research, though, is challenging our long-held assumption that time spent being active is directly associated with physical benefit. The latest thinking is that for our modern society, with a workforce largely sat on our bottoms staring into screens, exercise snacking – swapping long bouts of continuous exercise for a few sweaty sessions of 10 minutes or so – is the way forward, and there’s evidence behind it.

‘Researchers compared the blood sugar of people with pre-diabetes after they exercised for 30 continuous minutes, then did the same when they broke up their exercise into three small portions. This exercise snacking lowered blood sugar for about 24 hours and did so much better than the 30-minute exercise,’ explains Dr Hazel Wallace, medical doctor, qualified personal trainer, and author of Th ood Medi or Life (Yellow Kite, £20). ‘We are accustomed to thinking that we should count our exercise in number of minutes or number of steps, and while both can be useful measures, they don’t measure intensity.’

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Have you thought about your sleep recently? It’s one of the key pillars of our wellbeing, which is why we’ve delved into all things bedtime this issue. Inside, you’ll find simple, science-backed fixes to all your sleep worries, from insomnia to snoring, plus our body clock training plan and moves to help you snooze. We investigate whether fat really deserves its bad rep, uncover the intricacies of the placebo effect, and explore 2019’s biggest wellness trend: blue health. Plus, our food section champions light Easter bakes, three beauty experts dish on their bedtime routines, and Jess Ennis-Hill talks family and fitness since retiring. Find all this and more in the brand new issue of Healthy!