London: Short periods of rest are just as important as exercise itself, researchers say.Stirling University sports scientists believe taking it easy now and again not only allows the muscles to recover, it also makes the body fitter faster.Their study was of keen cyclists but they think that men and women who are simply trying to get a bit fitter could also benefit from building periods of rest into their exercise programme.In the study, 12 cyclists were split into two groups. One did bursts of high intensity exercise, interspersed with short rest periods, three times a week.In each session, they pedaled hard, but below sprint pace, for four minutes, then stopped for two minutes, before repeating the pattern five times.
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