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The Truth About Exercise With Michael Mosley

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.
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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.

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

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.

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