Experts say incorporating three-minute exercises into your day could be the key to smoothing your fitness and improving health.
Nutritionist Natalie Fader, from Canada, explained how ‘exercise snacks’ – a quick routine of three to five exercises done for a few minutes – can provide a range of health benefits.
Ms Fader has tried out the latest fitness trends herself, claiming that her body shape is actually changing and that she is able to hold a plank for three minutes instead of 30 seconds.
‘For all the people who say ‘I don’t have time to exercise’ listen up! “It turns out that if we do these small, short exercises randomly throughout our day, it pays big dividends,” Ms. Fader wrote on Instagram.
“You’re building muscle which has major benefits like improved sleep, hormone regulation, improved mood/mental state, etc.”
Nutritionist Natalie Fader, from Canada, said that “exercise snacks” can provide health benefits. The health trend involves performing three to five exercises for a few minutes several times during the day
What are some examples of sports snacks?
Do three to five of the following:
2. Sitting on the wall
4. Leg raises
5. Exercise father-in-law
I tested this theory exactly one month ago. Ms. Fader added that between sessions with my clients I eat three to five snacks for exercise.
Throughout the workday, I alternated between planks, wall sits, squats, leg raises, and sit-ups to reap the health benefits.
“I did the one workout for the entire song and then continued with my day until I could eat my next workout meal. Some days I did all five, and other days I only did a couple,” she continued.
“Push? My body shape is changing, my clothes are starting to look different, and my plank time is increasing!”
“I used to do four-to-five-minute planks a few years ago. I stopped working out as much as I used to about a year ago and noticed I could only get into 30-second planks. I hit the three-minute mark today.
The movements performed are proper body weight exercises that activate the core muscle groups.
“Workout Snacks” Can Help Improve Sleep, Mood and Hormones Along with Muscle Strengthening (Stock Image)
What are workout snacks?
The “exercise snack” is a routine of five different exercises such as single-leg knee bends, sit-to-stands, or single-leg squats performed continuously for one minute with a one-minute passive recovery rest in between.
This concept may be enough to maintain mobility and improve quality of life
Source: Deakin University
The short video has since gone viral and has surpassed a staggering 7.8 million views
‘Simple but wonderful. Thank you for introducing me to this concept…this seems possible and sustainable.
‘Glad to see people making the movement a movement!! Another added: “Practice snacks for the world.”
“Why didn’t I think of this before?” asked a third.
Although others scoffed at the phrase and instead wanted to eat snacks while exercising.
“At what point can I get a snack?” One of them joked: “I’m mad at you because you said ‘snack’ and then offered to exercise.”
“I thought we were snacking between workouts,” another said.