The Truth About Exercise

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Horizon, 2011-2012 Episode 8 of 15

Duration: 59 minutes

Like many, Michael Mosley wants to get fitter and healthier but can't face hours on the treadmill or trips to the gym. Help may be at hand.

He uncovers the surprising new research which suggests many of us could benefit from just three minutes of high intensity exercise a week.

He discovers the hidden power of simple activities like walking and fidgeting, and finds out why some of us don't respond to exercise at all.

Using himself as a guinea pig, Michael uncovers the revealing new research about exercise, that has the power to make us all live longer and healthier lives.

  • Find out more about our presenter Michael Mosley

    Find out more about our presenter Michael Mosley

    Michael Mosley is a science presenter, writer and executive producer. He recently presented "Inside the Human Body" and the BAFTA nominated "Young Ones" for BBC1, as well as the acclaimed "Story of Science" for BBC2.

    After training as a doctor at the Royal Free Hospital in London, Michael switched course and joined the BBC. He has produced a wide range of science-based programmes including "Pompeii", "Supervolcano", "The Human Face" with John Cleese, and Jeremy Clarkson's Inventions That Changed The World.

    In front of the camera, Michael has presented a range of programmes for BBC1, 2 and 4 including "Pleasure and Pain"; "The Brain, A Secret History"; "10 Things You Never Knew about Losing Weight - as well as the BAFTA nominated surgery series "Blood and Guts". Amongst other awards his programmes have won an RTS and an Emmy and he was named Medical Journalist of the Year by the British Medical Association.

  • High Intensity Training

    High Intensity Training

    Michael Mosley performing an early morning HIT (High Intensity Training) cycling session at Eastbourne pier. The bike follows Michael on the road as he films the documentary – he must complete his 3 minutes each week of high intensity cycling.

  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

    Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

    Michael Mosley receiving TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) to initiate a muscular response. TMS was used to stimulate a part of Michael’s motor cortex which triggered contraction of his leg muscle. TMS in this case was used to show that Michael’s muscles were able to produce a greater force compared to when Michael causes the contraction on his own (after a period of intense exercise).

  • Can three minutes of exercise a week help make you fit?

    Can three minutes of exercise a week help make you fit?

    Read the full report on BBC News


Toby Macdonald
Toby Macdonald
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Michael Mosley


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