The barista is eyeing me curiously. Likely because I come to this cafe a few mornings a week – but this is the first time I’ve launched into some clearly-not-as-subtle-as-I’d-hoped fast feet while waiting for my latte.
I’m a few days into a week-long trial of ‘exercise snacks’, which involves weaving short bursts of activity throughout the day – from squats while you wait for the kettle to boil (one of my favourites) to a brisk lounge room walk while you leave that voice note. And while moments like the one at the cafe aren’t exactly this self-conscious girl’s dream, I’m already enjoying the fitness challenge.
Plus, as somebody who a) spends most of the day sitting at a home desk and b) whose workout motivation can be quick to waver, I’ve been wondering: could these short-but-sweet efforts be the ticket to scoring more regular daily movement?
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The science behind snacking.
You might’ve heard about exercise snacking before, so why try it now? Well, fresh science makes a compelling case.
A 2022 study by the University of Toronto suggests regularly interrupting periods of prolonged sitting with brief spells of activity – such as a two-minute walk or 15 bodyweight squats – may help us to maintain muscle mass and quality. Meanwhile, according to recent University of Sydney research, three or four one-minute bursts of vigorous activity each day is associated with increased longevity. Those scientists name check running for the bus, a power walk while doing errands and playing high-energy games with the kids – all things many of us naturally build into our lives anyway.