PETER SAGAL, HOST:
Right now, panel, it is time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Amy, if you are having a hard time staying in shape during lockdown, never fear. A New York Times story this week says all you have to do is work out for how long?
AMY DICKINSON: I mean, is this one of those HIIT, like...
DICKINSON: OK - so eight minutes.
SAGAL: Oh, much lower than that.
DICKINSON: Oh. Oh, I could qualify.
DICKINSON: Oh, wait a minute. Is it, like, a 30-second raise...
SAGAL: Lower than that.
DICKINSON: ...Your heart - what? I mean...
SAGAL: Keep going, Amy.
DICKINSON: Ten seconds.
DICKINSON: You don't have to work out at all.
SAGAL: No, higher.
DICKINSON: A second.
DICKINSON: Five seconds.
DICKINSON: Three seconds.
DICKINSON: Four seconds.
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SAGAL: That was a workout.
JOEL KIM BOOSTER: (Laughter).
DICKINSON: What? What?
SAGAL: The four-second workout - researchers have discovered that people who exercise for four seconds at a time a few times a day receive multiple health benefits, including the fact they'll never get those weird, thick neck muscles. These short, high-intensity workouts improve people's metabolism...
SAGAL: ...Allow them to feel more smug because they could say, I'm going to hit the gym 20 times a day. Apparently, the benefits can be triggered by just this random burst of energy - think jumping jacks, a quick trip up the stairs or frantically cramming a bowl of chips into your mouth.
DICKINSON: Hey, it takes me, like, 25 minutes just to put on a pair of sneakers.
DICKINSON: Like, I don't get this.
ALONZO BODDEN: Isn't this - we're just getting that lazy that we've decided to justify our workouts. They just - yeah, four seconds. All right. Yeah, let's print that.
DICKINSON: And you know what? I won't even do that.
SAGAL: You got up, and you walked to the bathroom instead of just peeing on the couch. Great, you got some exercise.
SAGAL: That's a quarantine workout right there.
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DAFT PUNK: (Singing) Work it, make it, do it, makes us harder, better, faster, stronger.
KANYE WEST: (Singing) Now that that don't kill me can only make me stronger. I need you to hurry up now 'cause I can't...
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