One of the main reasons why exercise routines fail is because many dwell on how long they would last. Some don't even bother to start because having to slave over the treadmill for hours isn’t an appealing thought, to say the least. Well, worry not, as scientists may have found a way to cut your allotted time for fitness by about two-thirds.

The study, posted at and published on the February 1 issue of The Journal of Physiology, found that taking just 90 minutes a week of High Intensity Interval Training (HIT) and Sprint Interval Training (SIT) may be as effective as five sessions of regular to heavy exercise that usually takes five hours or more in the gym a week.

SIT involves an "all-out" sprint for 30 seconds on gym bikes followed by with 4.5 minutes of slow to regular cycling. This can be repeated four to six times, and is more suitable for young individuals. On the other hand, HIT involves 15 to 60 seconds of high intensity cycling followed by two to four minutes of slow cycling. Similar to SIT, this routine is suitable for those who are just starting their fitness regimen. These programs can be done on any conventional stationary bike found in most gyms.

Whether or not you’re a beginner or a pro, there are exercises for you which are easy to squeeze in to your daily schedule. With proper discipline and the right attitude, a healthy lifestyle doesn’t seem too hard to reach.

(Photo by Steven Depolo via Flickr Creative Commons)

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