The study, published in The Telegraph, found that individuals who worked out for 30 minutes a day lost more weight then their hour-long workout counterparts.
Dr Astrid Jespersen, one the study’s authors, believes the evidence could have a great impact on those people who generally find exercise cumbersome.
Taking the stairs, taking the dog for an extra walk or cycling to work, are some examples of the short daily activities undertaken by the study’s participants.
“The subjects in the test group that exercised the least talk about increased energy levels and a higher motivation for exercising and pursuing a healthy everyday life,” Jespersen said.
“In contrast, the men who exercised for one hour a day, after training, felt exhausted, de-motivated and less open to making a healthy change,” she argued.
“We are thus seeing that a moderate amount of exercise will significantly impact the subjects’ daily practices.”
Many people now undertaking office jobs, which involve long hours spent seated, and often they can struggle to find the time, not to mention the energy, to exercise.
The study’s results could revolutionise the way we think about fitness.
What do you think? Do you enjoy short workouts? Are they more effective and achievable than hours at the gym?