Can three minutes of exercise a week help make you fit?
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The more interesting part of this article is about why your aerobic fitness might not be improving despite exercise. Short answer: genes.
This does sound awesome:
It's actually very simple. You get on an exercise bike, warm up by doing gentle cycling for a couple of minutes, then go flat out for 20 seconds.
A couple of minutes to catch your breath, then another 20 seconds at full throttle. Another couple of minutes gentle cycling, then a final 20 seconds going hell for leather. And that's it.
This is unfortunate:
Although 15% of people made huge strides (so-called "super-responders"), 20% showed no real improvement at all ("non-responders").
There is no suggestion that the non-responders weren't exercising properly, it was simply that the exercise they were doing was not making them any aerobically fitter.
Jamie and his collaborators investigated the reasons for these variations and discovered that much of the difference could be traced to a small number of genes.