Physical Activity Engineered to fit YOUR life!
The A-B-E for Fitness program offers a free video library of 3 to 8 minute activity bursts that will allow you, your colleagues and your family to move and exercise everywhere, everyday!
The exercise videos are organized by the setting (office, home, waiting area, etc), the body region involved, and whether the exercise is performed seated or standing.
Depending on your fitness level, you can start doing one burst per day and then build up gradually.
Vary your program, find your favorites and.... HAVE FUN!
ABE is a product of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center.
David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP is the founding director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center. He is a board certified specialist in both Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine/Public Health and founder and president of the non-profit Turn the Tide Foundation. His role in ABE for fitness was to conceive the program and provide oversight.
Tiffany Esser, CPT is your online personal trainer for ABE. She helped design many of the great high energy workouts you can find on our site. So come join her, it’s time to get moving!
Stephan Esser USPTA, MD is a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School and a resident physician at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. He is a strong believer in the power of personal choices and is proud to be a part of the ABE Team. He invites you to get your Bursts of activity in everyday, everywhere.
Valentina Vinante, MD is a visiting Resident Physician in Preventive Medicine and Public Health from the University of Florence in Italy. Her role was to coordinate the program development and provide support for the research.
The Science Behind ABE
A-B-E is an evidence-based program based on recent physical activity guidelines (1).
Adults need at least 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week and muscle-strengthening activity on 2 or more days a week that works all major muscle groups. A-B-E for Fitness is a powerful, efficient and functional part of your weekly physical activity plan and will help you achieve these recommendations.
Recent studies have shown that physical activity accumulated in brief bouts spread over the course of a day is "powerful medicine" and provides many of the benefits recognized from longer daily bouts (2,3). That means that you can divide your daily allotment of physical activity into short bursts of activity throughout the day. Accumulated activity bursts can
- Improve your health status and well-being
- Foster weight maintenance
- Increase your energy levels
- Reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer
- Reduce stress and improve mood
- Improve productivity at work and school (2,4)
(2) Murphy M.H., Blair S.N., Murtagh E.M. Accumulated versus Continuous Exercise for Health Benefit. Sports Med 2009;39 (1): 29-43
(3) Haskell WL, Lee I, Pate RR, et al. Physical activity and public health: updates recommendation for adults from the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2007; 39 (8): 1423-34
(4) Katz DL, Cushman D, Reynols J, et al.Putting physical activity where it fits in the school day: preliminary results of the ABC (Activity Bursts in the Classroom) for fitness program. Prev Chronic Dis. 2010; 7(4):A82.