It might not mean Olympic glory but sprint training can provide some pretty impressive benefits for middle-aged women.
Research from UNSW Sydney shows a 20-minute, high intensity cardio workout three times per week reverses some of the negative effects of menopause.
Interval training – short bursts of vigorous exercise – used to be the preserve of elite athletes but is increasingly recommended to help manage medical conditions including obesity and diabetes.
The UNSW Sydney research shows interval training is also an efficient way to counteract the downsides of menopause.
Researcher Dr Yati Boutcher says women who completed an hour’s training per week over eight weeks showed a significant increase in muscle mass and cardio-vascular fitness.
That’s a lot less than the 2.5 hours of moderate activity normally recommended to achieve similar results.
“However, as is the case for all forms of exercise, if you don’t do it you lose it, so taking up interval sprinting exercise is a lifestyle change,” says Dr Boutcher.
(The information in this article should not be considered medical advice. Please see your medical professional for information tailored to your personal circumstances.)
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