Multiple Short Workouts as Good As Single Longer Ones
Several short bouts of exercise throughout the day provide the same benefits as a longer daily workout. Researchers examined nearly seven years of health and exercise patterns for 4,820 adults over age 40, about 13 percent of whom had diabetes. People who exercised for 40 to 80 minutes a day reduced their risk of dying prematurely by about 25 percent, whether they did one long workout or divided it into five-minute bouts throughout the day. Those who did 10-minute sessions reduced that risk by nearly 40 percent. So exercise in small doses if that’s your preference, but be sure it adds up to the recommended 150 minutes of exercise each week, with no more than two days between workouts.
Source: Journal of the American Heart Association, March 22, 2018