Study: Short Bursts of Exercise Gets Better Results

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Strong burst of exercise are one of the best ways to avoid gaining weight if you work at it hard enough, according to a new study.

The University of Utah research shows it's more important to exercise intensely than to work out more easily for a longer period of time.

"What we learned is that for preventing weight gain, the intensity of the activity matters more than duration," study researcher Jessie X. Fan, a professor of family and consumer studies at the University of Utah, said. Read more here.

"This new understanding is important because fewer than five percent of American adults today achieve the recommended level of physical activity in a week according to the current physical activity guidelines," he said.

Just short bouts of brisk activity can help keep the pounds off, such as running or other exercises like pushups. Even smaller choices like taking the stairs, parking at the far end of the lot, and others can add up.

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