Metabolic Health | Benefits of Short Bursts of Activity

  • According to new research published in the journal Circulation, short bursts of activity, as little as 12 minutes, can improve your metabolic health.
  • You don’t necessarily have to go full-out to get these health benefits, either. You can start your rides or workouts easy and gradually build up the intensity.

    Let’s say you’re looking to improve your metabolic health—a.k.a., your normal blood sugar, triglyceride, HDL (good) cholesterol, and blood pressure numbers—so you hop on your bike. How long do you need to ride before you kickstart those benefits?

    A new study published in the journal Circulation suggests it may be shorter than you think.

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    Researchers drew on data from the Framingham Heart Study on 411 middle-aged men and women, looking at levels of 588 circulating metabolites—substances produced during metabolism, such as amino acids, fatty acids, lipids, carbohydrates,

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    WHO wants you to exercise; agency releases new physical activity guidelines

    The pandemic has hampered the regular exercise routines of almost everyone. While getting back into normal physical activity may require a bit more effort, the latest guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) may encourage everyone to start incorporating exercise into the daily routine.

    WHO has just released a new set of physical activity guidelines titled, “WHO Guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour” to help people stay active amid the pandemic. The health body recognised that many have been home-bound due to COVID-19 and now wants everyone to engage in some type of movement.

    In WHO’s new guidelines, it recommends adults to engage in 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week. Those who are planning vigorous-intensity aerobic exercises can do it at 75 to 150 minutes per week.

    The health body emphasises that physical activity is

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    Fitness On Demand Added to Techny Prairie Activity Center Memberships

    Now, more than ever, one of the most important things people can do for their physical and mental health is to stay active. Techny Prairie Activity Center (TPAC), Northbrook Park District’s new facility for fitness, health and wellness, is scheduled to open in January 2021. Charter memberships are now available offering the best value; membership options can be found at

    A new partnership developed with Fitness On Demand will deliver high-quality livestream and group fitness options to TPAC members, both onsite and on the go. This exciting option is included with facility membership (some exclusions apply).



    Fitness On Demand provides access to over 300 fitness classes from popular fitness websites such as Daily Burn, Jillian Michaels Productions, GymRa and Sweat Factor. Offerings include cardio, strength, yoga, dance, martial arts, core, cycling, mind/body and HIIT classes along with elliptical and treadmill programs. Those looking for familiar faces will find select

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    Best fitness tracker for Black Friday: track steps, activity, sleep and cardio

    Looking to get fit in 2020? The best fitness tracker (aka a fitness band, aka “those things you wear that count your steps”) is a decent place to start, especially if you’re trying to stick to New Year resolutions, even though it’s only autumn. Fitness trackers are not expensive but the best Black Friday deals and best Cyber Monday deals. 

    • Shop the best cheap Fitbit deals on right now. 

    With the market extremely well established there really is something for everyone in terms of prices, from around £20 to £200+, with products that do little more than count steps and ‘track sleep’, with varying degrees of inaccuracy, all the way up to devices with heart-rate tracking that are more like scaled down running watches.

    After many years of doing very little beyond counting steps, makers of trackers and bands are now realising that many consumers want more useful feedback

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    Over 620,000 students from 600 schools commit to 30 minutes of activity for 30 days for Dubai Fitness Challenge

    (MENAFN – Emirates News Agency (WAM)) DUBAI, 21st November, 2020 (WAM) — Recognising the integral role that schools play in instilling fitness-focused habits in the country’s youth, Dubai Fitness Challenge, DFC, 2020 is ensuring that more than 620,000 students across 600 schools adopt healthier and happier lifestyles for 30 minutes for 30 days.

    The fitness programme of free events, sports activities and family-friendly virtual sessions will continue throughout the month, while a new robust library of free online resources for parents and teachers will further, enable them to motivate children to get fit while having fun. Exciting activity calendars can be downloaded for free on the DFC website, catering to various learning models with over 80 fitness and wellbeing-focused activity templates and games for children aged two to 16 years. For an extra boost at home, kids can also join their beloved superheroes and cartoon characters in online workouts, wellness

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