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Short bursts of intense exercise ‘as good’ as endurance training

Researchers have found that short bursts of intense exercise produce similar results to traditional longer-duration workouts.

Researchers compared two types of exercise programme over a 12-week period with a control. The two programmes were:

-a 10-minute “intense” workout, three times a week (referred to as Sprint Interval Training)

-a 50-minute moderate intensity workout, once a week

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Rise in type 2 diabetes in young people in England and Wales

The number of children and young people being treated for type 2 diabetes in England and Wales has gone up from 507 to 715 in four years, new figures show.

More than three-quarters were also obese, according to the NHS data.

Child health experts said the rise was “alarming” and the childhood obesity epidemic was “starting to bite”.

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Regular exercise ‘best for mental health’

Regular physical activity lasting 45 minutes three to five times a week can reduce poor mental health – but doing more than that is not always beneficial, a large US study suggests.

People who exercised had 1.5 fewer “bad days” a month than non-exercisers, the study found.

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