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Benefits of a Single Workout

No Time? Even 1 Workout Will Make a Difference

Think you have no time to exercise? Our friends at Self explain how one workout can make all the difference.

Recently, we learned that 90 minutes of daily yoga can have an enormous impact on your ability to handle stress. But don't fret if you can't carve out an hour and a half to devote to your asanas. Even one workout — yes a single workout — can make a difference in your long-term health.

According to new study published in Age, the journal of the American Aging Association, rigorous exercise (in this case, it was 45 minutes on a stationary bike) can deliver protective effects against aging and chronic disease, particularly among young adults.

Two age groups participated in the study, and those between 18 and 25 showed a much larger response to the workout than the over-50 crowd. "What we found is the young people got protection from this one bout of exercise, [and] their response to the oxidative stress challenge was lower," researcher Tinna Traustadóttir said in a press release. So, this study suggests that one solid workout can actually help you bounce back faster by reducing the negative effects of oxidative stress on the body.

Even though the younger participants showed the biggest improvement doesn't mean you should skip the gym if you're over 25. While researchers believe that aging can lead to impaired cell signaling, they also note that this process could be improved with regular workouts. And of course there are numerous benefits to working out — and doing so often — that go beyond those looked at for this study. But, if you needed more convincing to get moving over the holidays . . .

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