Frequency of exercise rather than single lengthy sessions are more beneficial for your health, new research has suggested.
Experts have been trying to find out whether a little bit of activity every day is better than doing a lot of exercise across fewer sessions.
A sports science professor said the work found “if you’re just going to the gym once a week, it’s not as effective as doing a bit of exercise every day at home”.
The four-week training study also found “just lowering a dumbbell slowly once or six times a day” is more beneficial than long periods at the gym.
The research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Australia in collaboration with Niigata University and Nishikyushu University in Japan saw three groups of participants performing arm resistance exercises.
Volunteers carried out 30 bicep contractions on a machine every week. One group did six contractions daily for five days – another crammed all 30 into one day. A further group performed just six…