Study Finds Benefits Of Sprinting

Research out of Australia suggests sprinting is great for weight loss. Photo: Teach Me PE.com

Apparently, it can help you lose more weight than just jogging.

A new study out of Sydney has some counterintuitive results. Scientists have found that sprinting, not jogging, helps men lose harmful belly fat faster.

Researchers at the University of New South Wales have indicated that the benefits come from eight-second bursts spread over a 20-minute period.

They say these types of surges helped overweight men lose 4 pounds of fat over a 12-week period.

The best news is that there was a 17-percent reduction in the amount of fat stored around their internal organs like their liver and kidneys.

“Sprinting is a very efficient form of exercise and it’s fun,” said Steve Boutcher, the study’s leader. “Other studies using aerobic exercise, such as continuous jogging, have found that the amount of exercise needed to produce a similar decrease in visceral fat was about seven hours per week for 14 weeks.”

This news comes at a good time for most Americans. Two-thirds of adults living in the U.S. are overweight according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For More: Herald Extra

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