Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Another Good Reason to Sprint

From Science Daily:
Brief, Intense Exercise Can Benefit The Heart, Study Shows

ScienceDaily (Jun. 4, 2008) — Short bursts of high intensity sprints--known to benefit muscle and improve exercise performance--can improve the function and structure of blood vessels, in particular arteries that deliver blood to our muscles and heart, according to new research from McMaster University.

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"As we age, the arteries become stiffer and tend to lose their ability to dilate, and these effects contribute to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease," says Maureen MacDonald, academic advisor and an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology. "More detrimental is the effect that blood vessel stiffening has on the heart, which has to circulate blood".

The research compared individuals who completed interval training using 30-second "all-out" sprints three days a week to a group who completed between 40 and 60 minutes of moderate-intensity cycling five days a week.

It found that six weeks of intense sprint interval exercise training improves the structure and function of arteries as much as traditional andl onger endurance exercise with larger time commitment.
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Blogger Chris Lansdown said...

I wonder how sprints compare to weight lifting, where no matter how fit you are, your heart can't pump enough blood into your muscles and your lungs can't take in enough oxygen.

Perhaps weight lifting and sprinting are physiologically related?

12:35 AM  

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