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SHORT EX­ER­CISE BURSTS PACK

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Think you can’t find the time to ex­er­cise? Don’t worry. Short bursts of ac­tiv­ity are just as ben­e­fi­cial, as long as they add up to 30 min­utes a day, a new study has found.

US re­searchers have crunched the data on phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and mark­ers of health, such as choles­terol and blood pres­sure, for more than 6000 peo­ple aged 18 to 85.

They have found that peo­ple who have short bursts of mod­er­ate to in­tense ac­tiv­ity, which add up to at least half an hour a day, are just as healthy as those who do struc­tured ex­er­cise.

Mod­er­ate to in­tense ac­tiv­ity was de­fined in the re­search as walking briskly at a pace of 5.5 to eight kilo­me­tres per hour.

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