A New Study Says Lifting Weights For As Little As A Few Seconds A Day Can Have Positive Impact On Muscle Strength

Dumbell G589d323a2 640

It doesn’t take much to increase your muscle strength apparently.

Edith Cowan University researchers found that participants who performed one muscle contraction each day, specifically an eccentric bicep curl, at maximum effort for 3 seconds per day had their muscle strength increase more than 10% after doing so 5 days per week over a 4-week period.

Lead researcher Professor Ken Nosaka explains, “The study results suggest that a very small amount of exercise stimulus—even 60 seconds in four weeks—can increase muscle strength. Many people think you have to spend a lot of time exercising, but it’s not the case. Short, good quality exercise can still be good for your body and every muscle contraction counts. Also, performing only one maximal contraction per day means you don’t get sore afterwards.

SOURCE: Eureka Alert