Is it possible to make significant cardio gains in ten minutes per day or less?
January 3, 2012 3:25 PM Subscribe
Help me understand how physical conditioning works. Isn't eight minutes a day enough?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders to health & fitness (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm being a little facetious but there's a real question here.
Say there's a hill I walk up every day, which takes me ten minutes at a leisurely pace. If I walk fast, at, say, a nine-minute pace, I get out of breath.
If I made a concerted effort to climb that hill in five minutes, each day walking a little faster, eventually breaking into a trot, then a run, then a faster run, if I did that for long enough, wouldn't I be able to do it without too much exertion? And wouldn't I be able to go back to an eight or nine minute pace without even breathing hard?
And if these things are true, then that would be a pretty significant improvement in my physical conditioning, right? In under ten minutes per day? Or would it be a completely insignificant improvement? What am I missing?