I have been doing my experiment with the Truth About Exercise programme for a week now. I was planning to do 5 high intensity bursts, but I forgot on Thursday. This isn’t a huge failing because only three are required by the official plan, so I am still not far off the recommendation.
Using a treadmill rather than an exercise bike is probably making it harder, but I am managing okay. A minute of high intensity exercise doesn’t sound a lot, but it still takes some doing even in three 20 second bursts. I am only resting 20 seconds between bursts, so the whole thing takes about 3 minutes including fiddling with the timer on the treadmill. It takes about 5 minutes to get my breath back afterwards, so it is about 10 minutes of disruption to my day.
So am I noticing any effects? I’d say my energy levels have been a bit higher than usual. This might be as much to do with the advance of Spring and that we are getting a bit more sunlight than a few weeks back, but I think the exercise programme might be contributing to it. I have been getting to bed earlier which is a good thing. Mrs Beautyscientist commented that I looked a bit better toned, which was nice. (I should point out that this doesn’t mean I have taken on the appearance of a well chiselled athlete. I am still carrying a substantial adipose deposit around my waist large enough to cause gyroscopic effects if I change direction quickly. If you want a mental image, a mobile lava lamp is probably closer to the truth.) I have been keeping an eye on my weight but not what I eat, and my body mass has not changed.
Overall I am enjoying it. It is not a huge investment of time and it is already seeming to give some benefits. Lets see what the next three weeks bring.
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