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Researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre in the US found that replacing light-intensity physical activity with brief periods of vigorous exercise may provide significant cardiometabolic benefits in young people with relatively large waist measurements and elevated levels of insulin in their blood.

Ten minutes of high-intensity physical activity every day may help some children reduce their risk of developing heart problems and metabolic diseases such as diabetes, a new study claims.

The World Health Organisation recommends at least Kids between 5-17 years should undertake at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity  daily to maintain good health and optimum physical development.

A recent report published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise , suggests just 10 minutes of high-intensity physical activity every day for kids to keep heart problems and metabolic diseases at bay.

Researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre in the US found that replacing light-intensity physical activity with brief periods of vigorous exercise may provide significant cardio-metabolic benefits in young people with relatively large waist measurements and elevated levels of insulin in their blood.

Researchers analysed data from about 11,588 young people aged between 4 and 18 in the US, Brazil and European countries.

Records that included the child’s age, gender, level of physical activity and at least one biomarker,a measurable indicator of a medical state or condition,of a cardiometabolic risk were focused on.

These included weight circumference, systolic and diastolic blood pressure and bloodstream levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose and insulin.

Researchers found only 32 significant associations out of a possible 360 while evaluating the relationships between the biomarkers and vigorous physical activity when controlling for various factors including age, gender, duration and level of exercise and sedentary time.

The results suggest that substituting modest amounts of vigorous physical activity for longer-duration light exercise may have cardiometabolic benefits above and beyond those conveyed by moderate activity and the avoidance of sedentary behaviour,” said Justin B Moore, associate professor at Wake Forest Baptist.

“But as vigorous activity was independently associated with only two of the markers examined, it may be that its truly meaningful benefits may be limited, relative to less-intense exercise,” Moore added.