Encourage your children to go and get dirty by playing in the grounds. A new study reveals that playing even for 10 minutes after school reduce your child risk of having heart disease, stroke and diabetes, in adulthood.
According to scientists involved in the study, changing the light-intensity physical activity with short periods of vigorous exercise may provide significant cardio metabolic benefits in kids - particularly those with large waist measurements and elevated insulin levels in their blood.
The study, conducted at Wake Forest University in North Carolina in the US, analysed data from more than 11,000 kids between ages four and 18.
"The results suggest that substituting modest amounts of vigorous physical activity for longer-duration light exercise may have cardio metabolic benefits above and beyond those conveyed by moderate activity," said lead author Dr. Justin Moore.
"But as vigorous activity was independently associated with only two of the markers examined, it may be that its truly meaningful benefits may be limited, relative to less-intense exercise," Moore added further.
The researchers focussed on records that included the child's age, gender, level of physical activity and at least one biomarker - a measurable indicator of a medical state or condition - of cardio metabolic risk. Such indicators included weight circumference, blood pressure, and bloodstream levels of 'good' cholesterol, 'bad' cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose and insulin.
They found 32 significant associations between biomarkers and vigorous physical activity out of a possible 360. 'All-out' workouts adding up to just 60 seconds within a ten minute session were shown to improve insulin sensitivity and cardio respiratory fitness.
"If such studies provide robust results, a relatively brief but intense dose of physical activity - perhaps as little as 10 minutes day, which is certainly feasible for most youth - could turn out to be part of a "prescription" for children to achieve or maintain cardiac and metabolic health,' he added.
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