Dr. Michael Mosley Shares How to Wind Back the Clock on Ageing with Just 40 Minutes of High-intensity Exercise a Week

While exercise alone is unlikely to lead to weight loss (that’s what the studies show, I’m afraid), it’s absolutely vital in so many other ways: being active and fit means better health, better mood and even a better sex life. (File image)

Are you out of shape, mentally and physically, after 14 months of lockdown? Join the club.

There’s been a lot of focus on weight gain during the months we’ve all spent at home — one recent survey suggested we’ve put on, on average, 10lb (4.5kg) since the pandemic struck.

But our fitness levels have also suffered.

Although some have enjoyed online workouts or simply walking, others have allowed things to slip.

A survey by Sport England found the first lockdown led to an ‘unprecedented’ fall in activity levels, with three million more adults becoming ‘inactive’, i.e. doing under 30 minutes’ exercise a week.

And while exercise alone is unlikely to lead to weight loss (that’s what the studies show, I’m afraid), it’s absolutely vital in so many other ways: being active and fit means better health, better mood and even a better sex life.

And don’t be daunted by what you might think is involved in getting fit: the really brilliant thing is that you can safely overhaul your fitness levels in a remarkably short time, even if you currently consider yourself a ‘couch potato’.

That’s one of the key findings of my new Channel 4 series, 21 Day Body Turnaround With Michael Mosley, which starts on Thursday. For the series we took five brave volunteers, aged from 29 to 59, who were overweight or obese and very unfit.

I asked them to follow a healthy, low-calorie, intermittent fasting diet, combined with an exercise regimen based on HIIT, high-intensity interval training. The health turnaround they achieved in just three weeks was remarkable.

Although they struggled to do something as simple as walk up a hill when we met, most had been active before lockdown.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail