New research suggests that short bursts of exercise may be better than long drawn-out PE classes in fighting childhood obesity. In a study of Scottish schoolkids, researchers found that those who did 30-second sprints interspersed with breaks for just a few minutes produced better results than youngsters exercising more moderately for 30 minutes. According to experts, this approach could be used in schools to improve the fitness of pupils, with the time saved spent teaching them about health and nutrition. Professor Julien Baker and Duncan Buchan, from the University of the West of Scotland, conducted tests with teenagers at Holy Cross High School in Hamilton. The pupils were split into three groups of 25. One group carried out high intensity activity, exercising three times a week for four minutes, with 30 seconds of sprinting followed by 30 seconds of rest. The next group carried out moderate activity, exercising three times a week for 30 minutes. The last control group just did their usual PE lessons. At the start and end of the eight-week study, the researchers measured body fat, blood pressure, activity and agility as well as testing blood for signs of good cardiovascular health. Baker said the short bursts of exercise appeared more effective at improving health. "The high intensity exercise group exercised for about 80 per cent less time," the Scotsman quoted him as saying. "But this group improved more than the moderate intensity group. "There was significantly reduced blood pressure in the high intensity group than the other groups. The blood profiles were better and body fat went down in this group, too," he added.Source: ANI << Your First Kiss Is More Memorable Than Your First Sexual Ex... Measles Virus Makes 'Ballroom Dance' Movements to Spread >> Recommended Reading Childhood Obesity Childhood obesity is one of the most serious health challenges in the developing countries and needs to be understood and tackled effectively. READ MORE Tips to Control Obesity in Children Obesity is resistant to instant remedies and its management is a long-term endeavor. Here are a few tips to control obesity in children. READ MORE Height and Weight for Children The height and weight calculator is a useful tool to ascertain the ideal height and weight of the children according to age and gender. READ MORE Development Milestone Medindia offers a milestone chart for the growing child, by which we can determine the activities of the baby at various stages of the growth. READ MORE Body Mass Index Body mass index (BMI) is a simple tool that is generally used to estimate the total amount of body fat. READ MORE Bulimia Nervosa The term ''Bulimia'' refers to episodes of uncontrolled excessive eating, known as "binges," followed by self-induced vomiting or purgation. READ MORE Exercise and Fitness Exercise is about revamping your lifestyle, not just weight loss. Exercise to get healthy – that way, you’ll last longer at it and get better results. READ MORE Lifestyle Modification: No Big Deal! Simple and practically possible lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in improving our health status without actually putting much effort. READ MORE Liposuction Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure, which is used to suck out the excess or abnormal fat deposition to give a well-contoured shapely look. READ MORE Obesity Obesity is a condition where there is excess accumulation of body fat which poses a risk to the health of the individual. It can affect children and adults. READ MORE Tips to Live Longer Though life is temporary and short, it is possible to maximize the span of our existence by living healthy and savoring every moment of life, read our tips to live longer READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Drug - Food Interactions Post-Nasal Drip Iron Intake Calculator More News on: Bariatric SurgeryObesityBulimia NervosaHeight and Weight-KidsDiet Lifestyle and Heart DiseaseBody Mass IndexLiposuctionTips to Live LongerExercise and FitnessLifestyle Modification: No Big Deal!