The Science

The research behind EasyFIT comes from some of the leading figures in the scientific word as well as research from institutions including the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences, University of Cambridge, University of Queensland, Oslo University Hospital, Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Sydney University and Harvard Medical School.

 

MOVEMENT ACROSS THE DAY

The principles are based on research involving more than a million people, that confirms exercise/ movement spread across each day has a huge impact on our health and mortality.

Starting with Professor Stephen Hawking’s recent comments on obesity, and how more movement and eating less is the simple solution we should all be taking, however this is not the complete picture, it’s also about being more active at the right times. Most people who have sedentary lifestyle think that working out regularly solves their health issues, but research suggest this isn’t the case – instead it’s best to move/exercise each hour. In a large recent study of American adults who’d agreed to wear trackers over a three year period, people who ambled around two minutes every hour had a 33% lower risk of dying. SEE FULL ARTICLE BUSINESS INSIDER

 

ANTHROPOLOGICAL ORIGINS OF HOW BEHAVIOUR PROGRAMS THE METABOLISM – CAVE OR HUNTER?

Daniel Lieberman, Professor of biological studies at Harvard University, suggests there is a tension between activity and rest, that plays out in human physiological and anatomical systems that “evolved to require stimuli from physical activity to adjust capacity to demand.” Muscles become bigger and more powerful with use, for example. With disuse, they atrophy. Bone deposition and repair mechanisms likewise require the presence of mechanical stimulation, such as running. The absence of such stimuli can eventually lead to a risk of osteoporosis. “In the circulatory system,” Lieberman continues, “vigorous activity stimulates expansion of peripheral circulation,” improves the heart’s ability to pump blood, “and increases arterial elasticity.” Without exercise, arteries stiffen, the heart pumps less blood, and metabolism slows.

At no prior point in human history was it feasible to lead an existence devoid of activity; exercise was literally part of the environment. The result is that mechanisms for reducing energy expenditure in the absence of physical activity now manifest as diseases. Heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and other maladies of modern life are the consequence of adaptations that evolved as a means of trimming energy demand, and modern medicine is stuck with treating the symptoms. And exercise itself stands against two million years of human evolution screaming, “Don’t do it!” That is why getting people to exercise is often so difficult. READ FULL ARTICLE

 

HOW IMAGINING EXERCISE CAN MAKE YOU STRONGER

As Jim Davis, a professor of cognitive psychology at Canada’s Carleton University, explained in Nautilus Today, just the act of imagining a workout can actually make you stronger.

The reason has to do with something called proprioception, the sense of knowing where your body parts are and what each one is doing. (Proprioception is why you can touch your finger to your nose without looking in a mirror, for example.) “Because it’s a sense, just like hearing and seeing, you can have mental imagery specific to it,” Davis wrote. And “just as visual imagery uses the same brain areas as visual perception, motor imagery tends to use the same brain areas responsible for moving your body.”

And giving those brain areas a workout can translate to real physical benefits. In one 2014 study, researchers took people whose arms were in casts and asked half of them to imagine flexing their wrists; when the casts came off, the muscles they’d thought about were twice as strong as in people who hadn’t done the mental work. Other research, Davis noted, has found that imaginary exercise can be enough to raise your heart rate. READ FULL ARTICLE Just Thinking About Exercise Can Trick Your Body Into Believing It’s Worked Out.

 

THE AFTER BURN EFFECT 

The key to increasing the afterburn effects of your workouts, so you can burn more calories throughout the whole day, is practicing high-intensity exercises. That’s because the afterburn effect is small following steady-state traditional cardio workouts like jogging but is significantly higher following intense workouts — like sprinting, circuit, strength and burst activities.

If your goals are to lean out, build muscle fast, increase your cardiovascular health and not spend loads of time needing to exercise, then the bottom line is that doing brief, but intense, intermittent bouts of exercise is the way to go. The benefits of high-intensity interval training — HIIT, what it’s commonly referred to — are greater strength, improved speed and better fat burning, all in ways that steady-state cardio workouts simply can’t comparably create.

 

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Articles & References 

You Were Born to Run (But Only When Forced To) By Melissa Dahl

Just Thinking About Exercise Can Trick Your Body Into Believing It’s Worked Out By Cari Romm

Born to Rest by JONATHAN SHAW

“Stephen Hawking was spot-on when he said ‘we eat too much and move too little’ — but the simplest way to fix it isn’t exercising” by Erin Brodwin

US Library of Medicine

The Lancet

NHS Choices