Child’s play ‘better than a jog’

BBC News 3 Nov 08

Running around like a child in a playground may be better for you than traditional grown-up ways of taking exercise like jogging and cycling. Researchers have found short sharp sprints of up to 30 seconds could be as beneficial as doing up to five sessions of an hour’s exercise a week. Only 29% of Welsh adults follow the recommended exercise guidelines.

The University of Glamorgan research found shorter bursts of exercise could be more practical to follow. The university studied the exercise patterns over several years, comparing short high-intensity sprints to longer endurance training, such as cycling and jogging. Prof Julien Baker, who conducted the research with Prof Bruce Davies, said: “Six 30-second sprints three times a week can have the same health and weight-loss benefits as jogging or cycling for up to 45 minutes several times a week.