Thanks to an ingratiating new study, we may finally be closer to answering that ever-popular question regarding our health and fitness: How little exercise can I get away with?
The answer, it seems, may be four minutes.
For the study, which was published last month in the journal PLoS One, researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway, and other institutions attempted to delineate the minimum amount of exercise required to develop appreciable endurance and health gains.
The second group, however, completed only one four-minute strenuous run. They, too, exercised three times a week for 10 weeks.
At the end of the program, the men had increased their maximal oxygen uptake, or endurance capacity, by an average of 10 percent or more, with no significant differences in the gains between the two groups.
Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, June 19, 2013
How to Explain Almost Everything: The Power of Probability in Everyday Life by Dr. Robert A. Hitlin
Excerpt from “CHAPTER TWO: What Probability Can Explain”:
Everything in life is a gamble. We muddle through life making both
good and bad decisions constantly. However, if we can develop the
habit of thinking consciously about probabilities, we can improve our understanding
of the world around us and be more successful in this world.
In Chapter Four, we will explore how to calculate event probabilities.
First, however, in this chapter we will examine how the knowledge of probability
can impact the decisions we make in various aspects of our lives. For
example, if you buy a Mega Millions lottery ticket are you likely to become
rich? Do you ever complain when meteorologists predict a 50% chance of
rain? Why can’t they just make up their minds? Suppose you are playing
Texas Hold’em with one card left to turn over. You need one particular
card for a straight flush, and your opponent appears to have a full house
and goes all-in. Should you call or fold?