Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Hard Exercise Curbs Metabolic Syndrome

“Metabolic syndrome, which makes diabetes and heart disease more likely, may have met its match in exercise — especially when it gets intense. Research has already shown that moderate exercise can help curb those risk factors. Now, a new study from Norway shows that aerobic interval training — in which people push their heart rate almost to its limits briefly, followed by a more moderate pace, several times during a workout — may be even better at reining in metabolic syndrome. ‘Guidelines calling for 30 minutes of exercise of moderate intensity may be too general’ for people with metabolic syndrome, researcher Arnt Erik Tjonna, MSc, of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway, says in an American Heart Association news release.”

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