It’s the name of a BBC documentary on exercise and health. Has anyone seen it? Sorry I don’t have a link.
One thing that surprised me was that there’s a lab in England that has isolated the genes responsible for determining how an individual responds to exercise. They devised a genetic test to tell you how exercise will affect you. They showed a population curve for the gene distribution and I couldn’t quite understand it, but it wasn’t a bell curve. At the top there were the “super responders”. Their bodies take full advantage of exercise. What some of us call the mesomorphs.
At the bottom there were the non-responders. They said they haven’t found a type of exercise that will benefit these people. They gave the documentary interviewer the test. He came out as a non-responder, but they didn’t tell him the results. They asked the interviewer to do a month of exercise and come back to do VO2 tests, blood samples, etc, to see how the exercise had benefited him. As predicted, he didn’t improve, except in the area of insulin sensitivity.
Surprisingly, they said their research shows that normal responders and beyond will get all the benefit of exercise from just 3 minutes a week. Three sessions of one minute each at full intensity in a stationary bike (peddling as fast as they possibly can).
In conclusion, I’ve always wanted to use the “it’s my genes” excuse for how little progress I make, and now I feel validated! ;D jk