Sprint training and high intensity interval training are beginning to replace traditional forms of cardio.
Both these types of training come with all kinds of health benefits and are becoming very popular because you can train in far less time than banging it out on the treadmill for 45 minutes or more.
To test this theory, researchers out of Copenhagen, Denmark, looked at cyclists who train with intensity and those who train traditionally. The results of this study show that relative intensity not duration of cycling is most important in relation to all-cause mortality and even more pronounced for coronary heart disease mortality.
In other words, cycling fast can increase your lifespan.
The study, presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2011, concluded that men with fast intensity cycling survived 5.3 years longer, and men with average intensity 2.9 years longer than men with slow cycling intensity. For women the figures were 3.9 and 2.2 years longer, respectively. The groups were adjusted for differences in age and conventional risk factor levels.
“This study suggests that a greater part of the daily physical activity in leisure time should be vigorous, based on the individuals own perception of intensity. Our group has already published similar results for all-cause mortality in relation to walking.”
Current recommendations prescribe that every adult should accumulate 30 minutes or more of moderate physical activity in leisure time, preferably every day of the week. The optimal intensity, duration and frequency still have to be established.
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European Society of Cardiology (ESC). “Cycling fast: Vigorous daily exercise recommended for a longer life.” ScienceDaily, 18 Sep. 2011. Web. 21 Sep. 2011.