The Ideal Level of Exercise Intensity for Boosting Fitness Identified

A large-scale study from Boston University examined the link between habitual physical activity and fitness levels and found that "moderate-vigorous physical activity" is the most efficient way of boosting fitness.The Ideal Level of Exercise Intensity for Boosting Fitness Identified

For their study, the researchers performed the analysis of cardiopulmonary exercise tests (CPETs) and data from fitness-tracking wearables worn by 2,070 participants. The analysis showed that to achieve changes in fitness, each minute of extra moderate-to-vigorous exercise on average was equivalent to about 3 minutes of walking, and equivalent to about 14 minutes less sedentary time. Moreover, extra time exercising and increasing step counts each day seem to be able to offset the negative effects on the fitness of being sedentary.

Cardiologist Matthew Nayor from Boston University says: “By establishing the relationship between different forms of habitual physical activity and detailed fitness measures, we hope that our study will provide important information that can ultimately be used to improve physical fitness and overall health across the life course.”

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