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The Truth About Exercise With Michael Mosley

Airs Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Dr. Michael Mosley pushing his exercise capacity to the extreme in an altitude chamber at the University of Brighton. The aim is to induce a central nervous system response that has evolved in humans. It causes our exercising muscle to feel more fatigued than it actually is.

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.

Courtesy of Jenna Caldwell-Weiler

Dr. Michael Mosley on an exercise bike at University of Nottingham Medical School. He is performing his first ever session of High Intensity Training (HIT) on an exercise bike. Michael smiles as he is skeptical that cycling a total of three minutes a week can have just as many health benefits (if not more) than longer endurance training sessions.

Courtesy of Jenna Caldwell-Weiler

Dr. Michael Mosley with Dr. Keith Tolfrey (University of Loughborough) as he calculates the rate at which Michael burns calories during 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, Sept. 7, 2013.

MORE MOSLEY:

KPBS originally aired this special in 2013 as part of a health, diet and exercise-focused science series that includes:

"Guts With Michael Mosley" - repeats Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 at 11 p.m.

"Eat, Fast And Live Longer With Michael Mosley" - repeats on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 at 11 p.m.

"10 Things You Need To Know About Losing Weight" (no broadcast date)

Follow @DrMichaelMosley on Twitter. "The Fast Diet" is on Facebook, and you can follow @TheFastDietBook on Twitter.

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Preview: The Truth About Exercise With Michael Mosley

Whether you're running, swimming, cycling or hula hooping, we have always been told that doing regular exercise will improve our bodies and is one of the keys to a healthy and happy life. Our one-size-fits-all approach to maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle is very rarely questioned, but with recent advances in genetic testing technology and brain stimulation techniques, scientists are uncovering the new and surprising truths about what exercise is really doing to our bodies, and why we all respond to it differently. In this program, Michael Mosley uses himself as a human guinea pig to discover the truth about exercise.

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Eat, Fast and Live Longer With Michael Mosley - Preview

With cameras in tow for the series, best-selling British author, journalist and popular TV personality Dr. Michael Mosley traveled across the U.S. to collaborate with researchers doing extraordinary work in a variety of health-related fields.

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Eat, Fast And Live Longer: 101-year-old Fauja Singh Runs the London Marathon

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Eat, Fast And Live Longer: Possibly the Unhealthiest Restaurant in the World

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Preview: Guts With Michael Mosley

Accompany Michael Mosley into the strange and mysterious world of the human stomach!

Comments

Avatar for user 'prosyad'

prosyad | April 10, 2013 at 10:25 p.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

Is there a dvd we can purchase of all of Michael Mosley's segments on fasting, dieting, exercising? Thank you?

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Jennifer Robinson, KPBS Staff | April 12, 2013 at 9:21 a.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

Great question! I'm trying to find out if anyone will offer these programs on DVD. I just confirmed that PBS will NOT be able to offer copies, but I'm waiting on a response from the BBC.

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Jennifer Robinson, KPBS Staff | April 12, 2013 at 11:45 a.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

Sorry but DVD copies of these programs are not available from the BBC either.

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bpreis | August 14, 2013 at 7:40 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

Where can I find the soundtrack for this episode on truth about exercise?

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