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PE Teachers Use HIIT Lessons to Boost Student Cardiovascular Fitness

Modern physical education classes utilize high-intensity interval training to help students develop exercise skills they can use throughout their soon-to-be-busy adult lives.

In addition to other tried-and-true lessons, PE teachers are incorporating fitness circuits that require students to move quickly from station to station, giving maximum effort in quick bursts before moving on to the next station.   Read More

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Fitness Friday PE Lesson Helps Students Grow HIIT Exercise Skills

Students Make Most of Class Workout Time to Improve Cardiovascular Fitness

What started as a health teacher’s mission to add more personalized physical activity to her students’ day has grown into a popular, fitness-enhancing finish to the school week.

“I knew I needed to get these kids more active than they actually were,” said Hampstead (New Hampshire) Middle School health teacher Kate Muskrat. “So I started bringing my health group down and joining the physical education classes on Fridays.”

The joint Friday sessions evolved into weekly high-intensity interval training sessions that include 75 percent of the school’s students. High-intensity interval training is considered one of the most time-efficient ways to exercise, a key factor for teachers with limited class time to develop impactful workouts. Studies also show that by exercising at maximum intensity in shorter bursts, students improve their oxygen consumption while lowering resting heart rate and blood pressure. Read More

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Want to Stay Young Longer? Science Says This Exercise Makes Your Body Act Like It’s 9 Years Younger

Originally published June 26, 2017 by Inc Magazine.

By Bill Murphy Jr.

It’s been a dream of civilizations since the dawn of time: If we can’t live forever, can we at least slow down the aging process and stretch our lives out as long as possible?

Now, researchers from Brigham Young University say they’ve found that a certain type of physical exercise can slow the aging process within our cells. That ultimately means better health, and physical conditioning that matches the natural age progression of a significantly younger person–as many as nine years younger.

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Using HIIT, P.E. Students See Long-Term Gain Despite Short Classes

Teachers are adopting a high-intensity interval training model to ensure their physical education students maximize the benefits of exercise in each class session.

“I think students overall like this type of class better than your traditional, old school, physical education class,” said Lunenburg (Mass.) High School P.E. teacher Steve Boone. “I think they like individual workouts.”

One of Boone’s most popular lessons is a circuit that encourages students to exercise at high intensity for quick bursts of time. Depending on the age and ability of his students, Boone’s circuit – also referred to as a Tabata – requires that participants see how many high-intensity repetitions they can perform in 20 seconds at eight different stations.

It’s a popular teaching concept that keeps students moving and prevents them from struggling to perform an exercise they don’t like or struggle with. Read More

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Short-term exercise equals big-time brain boost

Originally published Dec. 21, 2017 at ScienceDaily.com.

A 10-minute, one-time burst of exercise can measurably boost your brain power, at least temporarily, researchers at Western University in London, Canada, have found.

While other studies have showed brain-health benefits after 20-minutes of a single-bout of exercise, or following commitment to a long-term (24-week) exercise program, this research suggests even 10 minutes of aerobic activity can prime the parts of the brain that help us problem-solve and focus.

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