Story 2014-06-09 3NG Secret of Short Intense Workouts Revealed

Secret of Short Intense Workouts Revealed

in science on (#3NG)
story imageA Florida Scientist claims to have found the secret of short, intense workouts.
In the last few years, the benefits of short, intense workouts have been extolled by both researchers and exercise fans as something of a metabolic panacea capable of providing greater overall fitness, better blood sugar control and weight reduction-all of it in periods as short as seven minutes a few times a week.

Now, in a new study, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) confirm that there is something molecularly unique about intense exercise: the activation of a single protein.
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Mighty Big Headshot (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-06-09 23:42 (#21C)

At least he seems happy. Must be the exercise.

Re: Mighty Big Headshot (Score: 3, Funny)

by on 2014-06-10 03:00 (#21F)

...and here we see a problem with thumbnailing a picture from the article for the story icon--when there is only one picture.

Re: Mighty Big Headshot (Score: 1)

by on 2014-06-10 03:07 (#21G)

It is the picture of Michael Conkright, PhD, the TSRI assistant professor who led the study of the article in question. At least it's more relevant than the broken window stock photo from a few stories back.

Re: Mighty Big Headshot (Score: 1)

by on 2014-06-10 03:47 (#21H)

"Just twenty one minutes of exercise a week? Hey doc, that almost sounds too good to be true."

Re: Mighty Big Headshot (Score: 1)

by on 2014-06-10 10:58 (#21K)

Ha ha, I was thinking the same thing - for this story at least, my kingdom for an icon!!!

Re: Mighty Big Headshot (Score: 3, Informative)

by on 2014-06-10 17:48 (#21P)

Settings -> Story Image Style -> Icon :)

Re: Mighty Big Headshot (Score: 3, Insightful)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-06-11 02:04 (#21V)

I thought this was obvious but I'll say it for the record. If this or most any site is to succeed, the vast majority of readers will be anonymous lurkers. They won't be futzing with settings or themes, even if some settings were available to people without logins.

The defaults matter, a LOT. They are all that most people will EVER see of your site. This is a huge problem for Soylent by the way -- their default presentation is still bloody awful -- but much less so here. Other than the icon/photo thing, Pipedot's defaults have all been very smartly chosen.

Re: Mighty Big Headshot (Score: 2, Interesting)

by on 2014-06-12 11:20 (#22D)

Good point. I'm pretty happy with the defaults too. I just noticed too some new functionality in the site - if you're on a small screen, all the sidebar stuff floats to the bottom and the icons for major sections get smaller and more useable. That makes Pipedot the single most readable site on my phone and tablet now. Soylent is unfortunately close to unreadable on a small screen although it has improved, and Slashdot is readable but I really dislike the user interface that comes up if you visit it on a small screen. Pipedot keeps 100% of its original functionality and just reorganizes page elements to fit the smaller screen - I'm thrilled.

Exercise in pill form, anyone? (Score: 1)

by on 2014-06-10 20:47 (#21Q)

Lazily awaiting science's creation of an exercise pill that will activate this protein for me.

Alternatively (Score: 1)

by on 2014-06-10 20:52 (#21R)

I could just hire a sort of Cato to jump out and give me a fright every so often:
The scientists were able to show that following high-intensity exercise, which enlists the sympathetic nervous system's "fight or flight" response, CRTC2 integrates signals from two different pathways-the adrenaline pathway and the calcium pathway, to direct muscle adaptation and growth only in the contracting muscle.

Re: Exercise in pill form, anyone? (Score: 1)

by on 2014-06-12 11:13 (#22C)

Yes, and preferably some kind of automated service that comes over and puts the pill in my mouth for me, so I don't have to move a single muscle at all. Yay, science!

Re: Exercise in pill form, anyone? (Score: 0)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-06-14 13:55 (#23N)

something like an insulin pump, awesome