A new study points to the benefit of encouraging kids to add just 10 minutes of high-intensity exercise to their daily routine in order to support a heart-healthy lifestyle. This includes activities such as running, jumping rope, and swimming laps.
Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina believe the brief sessions of vigorous activity may go a long way toward improving cardiometabolic health and in turn may help lower kids’ risk of developing heart problems and diabetes in adulthood.
For the study, a team of scientists looked at the health and lifestyle data for nearly 12,000 children and teens, focusing on important health markers such as blood pressure, blood sugar, body weight, and cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
“The results suggest that substituting modest amounts of vigorous physical activity for longer duration light exercise may have cardiometabolic benefits above and beyond those conveyed by moderate activity and the avoidance of sedentary behavior,” said lead author Justin B. Moore, PhD in a recent news release.