Short bursts of exercise equally beneficial

Short bursts of exercise equally beneficial as concentrated regular activity finds research

Busy urban lives mean little time for regular physical activity and exercise. A new study has found that short bursts of exercise, if they add up to the total required exercise during the week, can reduce the risk of death. The study was published in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association.


The study comes from a team of researchers at the National Cancer Institute and Duke University. From the former university, researchers Pedro Saint‐Maurice, Richard Troiano, and Charles Matthews took part in the study while from the latter university, William Kraus was part of the study. Their study compared one concentrated stretch of exercise during the day with short bursts of exercise all throughout the day. They noted that keeping the heart rates up for around five to ten minutes each time was all that was necessary for benefit of exercise to be obtained.

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