Exercising your dadbod is as much of time management effort as it is a physical one. Whether your treadmill has turned into a coat rack or the employees at your local gym think you’re dead, the idea of having even 45 minutes to workout is a pipe dream (you’re dreaming about having sick pipes). But according to new research, your new improved dadbob doesn’t have to cost more than a minute of your time.
The 12-week study found that inactive men (read: dads) who did one minute of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) per 10-minute cycling session had the same health benefits as men who exercised continuously for 45 minutes (read: not dads). The way it worked was that participants biked moderately for 2 minutes before sprinting for 20-second increments, alternating 3 times before a 3-minute cooldown only 3 times a week. When compared to similarly sedentary men who worked out 3 times a week for 45 minutes, they experienced the same increase in insulin sensitivity, cardiorespiratory fitness and skeletal muscle. That amounts to an additional 120 minutes of cardio of week that you may not need, which is extra great news because your kid wasn’t going to let you get around to it anyways. In other words: HIIT that shit.
If this sounds too good to be true, it may very well be because of the relatively small sample size — only 27 men. The study also failed to note if any of these guys were dads, but you’re probably less likely to sign up for an exercise study if have kid around who’s calling you fat all the time. This may or may not explain the limited number of subjects. Regardless, when the results are this much in your favor, it’s worth a minute of your time to try it. The other 9 minutes might still be a challenge though.
[H/T] Adequate Man