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Longer exercise regimes less risky than intense bursts

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Prolonged exercise regimes could be better for health than short, intense bursts, independent.co.uk reports.

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Prolonged exercise regimes could be better for health than short, intense bursts, independent.co.uk reports. In recent months, researchers have looked into the belief that short, intense bursts of exercise could prove to be as beneficial as longer sessions in the gym. A new study however, could suggest that this is not the case and may even heighten the risk of heart issues or strokes. The findings come just as BBC presenter Andrew Marr explained how his potentially life-threatening stroke could have been brought about by an intense session on a rowing machine, after which he had a "blinding headache" and could see stars. Now, researchers have looked into the benefits of undertaking lower-intensity workouts over a longer period of time than potentially damaging intense bursts. The results could prompt those concerned to consider the likes of a full garden gym in which they can exercise for longer periods of time, instead of using a rowing machine in a bedroom for a few intense minutes. The study, undertaken by Jamie Timmons from the University of Birmingham, has seen 300 volunteers undertake one of two training regimes: the first being a short, intense burst of exercise whilst the second involves a longer, less intense session at the gym. It is expected the results will echo similar studies which have shown a significant health benefits for those who put in more time and shun the quick-fix approach, guardian.co.uk reports.

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David Howells

16th April 2013