The Truth About Exercise With Michael Mosley
Airs Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
Originally published April 8, 2013 at 5:03 p.m., updated August 21, 2013 at 10:37 a.m.
We have always been told that regular exercise is one of the keys to a healthy, happy life, and, broadly speaking, the more exercise the better. But new research suggests that short bursts of intense exercise may be as effective as, if not better than, long periods of moderate exercise.
British journalist and physician Michael Mosley investigates, using himself as the guinea pig, whether humans can get exercise benefits from working out just three minutes a week.
He also discovers that a one-size-fits-all approach to maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle is no longer the best that science can offer. With advances in genetic testing, scientists are uncovering new, surprising truths about what exercise really does to our bodies and why we all respond to it differently.
In "The Truth About Exercise," Mosley discovers a complex interplay between genes and environment. He also finds that to get the most out of exercise, people need to perform the right types of exercise, at the right time and in the right place.
This program was available for online viewing through Saturday, May 11, 2013 but has been extended through Saturday, September 7, 2014.
KPBS originally aired this special as part of a health, diet and exercise-focused science series that includes "Eat, Fast And Live Longer With Michael Mosley" on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 10 p.m. (watch below through Sept. 7, 2013), "Guts With Michael Mosley" on Wednesday, April 17th at 10 p.m. (watch below through Saturday, May 18, 2013), and "10 Things You Need To Know About Losing Weight" airs Wednesday, April 24th at 10 p.m. (watch below).