Exercise split up throughout the day??

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  1. xlaurax

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    Hello!

    Just wondering if it matters if i split up my 30 minutes daily exercise into 3x 10 minute chunks throughout the day?? Its the same exercise I would do but literally just split up? I.e 10 minutes exercise bike morning, 10 minutes dvd exercises afternoon and 10 minutes bike again in the evening?

    Am I at an disadvantage if or do this or is it better to do it all at once?

    Many thanks :)
     
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    I found this for you. Seems it still works !

    Some evidence for this comes from research carried out at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine [1]. For the study, a group of overweight women was assigned to one of two groups. Group one performed a single bout of exercise lasting 20-40 minutes. Group two did the same amount of exercise, but it was split into several smaller bouts lasting just 10 minutes.
    And the result?

    Twenty weeks later, the women who split their workouts into shorter bouts had lost 20 pounds, compared to just 14 pounds in the single-bout group. The reason for the extra weight loss is simply that women in group two did more exercise (and thus burned more calories) than women in group one, possibly because they found it easier to fit shorter workouts into their day.
    Research published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition shows similar results [3]. There were no significant differences in weight loss with three 10-minute bouts of exercise per day compared with two 15-minute bouts or one 30-minute bout.
    Changes in body composition weren't reported in this study, so we don't know how much of the lost weight came from muscle and how much came from fat. I'm guessing that the women lost some muscle, which is fairly common with aerobic-only exercise programs.
     
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    Thats fantastic thankyou!! I shall test this method this week! I also think if you think of exercises split up into 10 minute or so sections it doesn't seem so daunting and makes it more managable! Also you regain strength inbetween exercises especially if your struggling with endurance.

    Anyone used this in practice?
     
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