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Playground games such as hopscotch can burn more classes than gym sessions

July 19,2016 15:07

So good are the benefits of playground games that the world's A-listers are giving them top marks. Kate Hudson and Justin Bieber are jump-rope junkies, while Beyoncé and Michelle Obama swear by hula-hooping and Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow bounce ...


Experts have said playground games are the most effective way to keep fit Doing just 15 minutes of skipping can burn up to 215 calories Femail reveals the best playground games for fitness and how you can incorporate them into your own exercise routine  
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Remember running around as a child until you were red in the face and gasping for water? We may have left the playground long behind us but fitness experts are suggesting that we embrace some of the school games of yesteryear as a way of helping us to keep fit and lose weight.Gym boffins have revealed that games traditionally reserved for school playgrounds are often the most effective way to keep fit and maintain longer term health.Scroll down for video  Fitness experts have revealed that playground games are the most effective way to keep fit and maintain longer term health. Pictured: A game of hopscotch could burn 88 calories in 15 minutes Games such as hula-hooping, hopscotch and skipping use more calories than jogging and work more muscles. Experts at Fitness First have confirmed that a 45 minute session of skipping, star jumps and tag burns approximately 465 calories compared with the same time spent jogging, which uses 35 per cent less – just 300 calories.Despite jogging being ranked as one the nation's favourite ways to work out and nearly two million Britons taking to the pavements as their main means of exercise, keeping fit may simply be a case of going back to school.So good are the benefits of playground games that the world's A-listers are giving them top marks. Kate Hudson and Justin Bieber are jump-rope junkies, while Beyoncé and Michelle Obama swear by hula-hooping and Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow bounce away their calories on a trampoline. Beyoncé and Michelle Obama swear by hula-hooping and no wonder with a 15 minute session burning the equivalent of piece of bread Kate Toland, Head of Marketing at Fitness First says, 'The question is, are you as fit as a six-year-old? While it might sound like child's play, this kind of exercise is not for the faint hearted. 'Functional training challenges your body in a new way every time, promising significant calorie burn…and it's great fun!' Fitness First Manager Andy McTaggart adds: 'As adults we tend to stick to either cardio, or weight training…but we're missing out! With jogging for example, there's very little Exercise Post Oxygen Consumption (EPOC), which means you don't burn as many calories afterwards. High energy star jumps can burn the equivalent of a ready salted bag of crisps in just 15 minutes Skipping is the most calorie burning activity with 215 calories burned in a quarter of an hour while a simple game of catch can help you burn 30'One of the biggest lessons we can take from the way that kids play is that they move in bursts. They accelerate quickly in one direction, change direction, slow down, stop and then speed up again. 'This is what we call interval training, and it means your body and metabolism function at a higher rate of burned calories for hours and hours afterwards.'Equally, kids use more muscle groups on the playground because they move in all directions and naturally incorporate body weight exercises in their movement – they use their full range of motion rather than just practicing that forward linear movement that you get with jogging or similar.'

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