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Can You Shape up in Just Minutes a Day?

Published: November 25, 2013

Are you looking for a quick way to shape up? Well, so are the experts.

High intensity interval training (HIIT) - intense periods of exercise followed by a short recovery time - is gaining favor with trainers and scientists. Proponents say a HIIT regimen - for example, 30 seconds of intense pedaling, followed by a 30-second rest repeated five times gives you greater benefits than traditional workouts. And faster.

The effects are still being studied, but early returns show HIIT increases metabolism and endurance and decreases heart attack risk.

Of course, these workouts are geared towards burning fat, not towards muscle building. But for the full-time working parent, who doesn't have an hour to hit the gym, these brief but demanding workouts are easy to schedule, and seem to do the job.

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