UNDATED (KSLA) - We all know it's healthy to get moving, but which movement is best for the heart, especially when it comes to children?
A new study published in the American Journal of Human Biology finds that high intensity exercise, such as fast sprints, is more beneficial for kids, than traditional endurance training, such as long distance running.
Researchers at the University of the West of Scotland recruited a group of volunteer school children, 47 boys and 10 girls, and randomly divided them into moderate and high intensity exercise groups.
The high intensity group's training consisted of a series of 20 meter sprints over 30 seconds.
The moderate exercise group ran steadily for a period of 20 minutes.
Study results showed that both groups cut their cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as lowering blood pressure, dropping sugar levels and losing weight.
But it took the high intensity group a much shorter time to achieve the same health goals
researchers say the results demonstrate that brief, intense exercise is a time efficient way to improve heart health in adolescents.