The frequency of your exercise, instead of a single session can be more beneficial to your health, a new study has found.
The experts have attempted to figure out if a small amount of exercise each day is more beneficial than lots of exercises in shorter sessions.
A professor of sports science claimed that the research discovered “if you’re exercising one time every week, it’s not as efficient as doing a small amount of exercise each day in your home”.
The study of four weeks also revealed that “just dropping a dumbbell gently at least six times a daily” is more effective than lengthy sessions in the fitness center.
The research conducted by Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Australia in collaboration with Niigata University and Nishikyushu University in Japan witnessed three groups of participants doing exercises for the arm.
Volunteers performed 30 bicep contractions using a machine each week. One group performed six contractions a day for five days . Another group packed all 30 in one day. A different group did six contractions per week.
Changes in muscle strength as well as thickness were compared across all participants.
The group that spread the exercise over five days witnessed the greatest improvement in strength of the muscles by more than 10 percent.
ECU Exercise and Sports Science Professor Ken Nosaka said: “People believe they need to complete an extended session of strength training in the gym, however, this isn’t the case.
“Just dropping a dumbbell slowly, once or six times per day is sufficient.
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“Muscle strength is essential for our overall health. This can help to prevent an increase in strength and muscle mass as we age.
“A reduction in muscle mass can be the cause of chronic illness like cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. It can also cause certain cancers, dementia as well as musculoskeletal disorders like osteoporosis.
“Muscle adaptations occur during rest and if a person were in a position to train all day long it would result in no improvements at all.”
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