Interval training for cardiovascular health in children
The great importance of physical activity on health of children and adults is generally accepted as scientific truth. Regular moderate intensity physical activity positively affects many organ systems and significantly reduces the probability of occurrence of disease in a healthy adults. Practically the same effect was recently found with a research on a sample of children, which is especially important with regard to the occurrence of diseases in young people who previously did not practically exist such as cardiovascular disease.
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However, unlike the relatively clear recommendations for adults, with children still do not know enough about the modalities to achieve optimal training effects. Fortunately, the situation began to change. Thus, a research group of researchers at the University of Western Scotland (UK) in determining the effects of short intense interval training on markers of cardiovascular disease in a sample of children aged 16 years. The results showed that children engaged in this type of activity showed within 7 weeks of exercise significantly better effects on markers of cardiovascular disease (blood pressure, aerobic capacity, body mass index, fibrinogen and insulin concentrations) compared to children who have the same number of weeks (but six times larger volume) that was engaged in a continuous running (20 min) moderate intensity (70% Vo 2max ). It appears that a short intensive interval training is very effective in improving health parameters in children.
The study is published in American Journal of Human Biology in 2011.
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