Sprinting is a short burst of running at high speed that normally lasts for under a minute. Andrea Chernus, a New York City exercise physiologist, claims that sprinting can increase cardiovascular capacity, therefore helping to prevent heart disease.
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The exact amount of calories you burn when sprinting will depend on your starting weight and how fast you run. A 150 lb. person who sprints at a speed of 10 mph for one minute will burn around 20 calories. If she sprints at 8 mph for one minute, she will burn around 15 calories.
According to Professor James Timmons of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, the risk of developing both heart disease or Type 2 diabetes is reduced substantially by regular high-intensity workouts such as sprinting. Timmons also states that by performing a few high-intensity exercises, each lasting only about half a minute, can dramatically improve your metabolism in just a few weeks.
Sprinting burns considerably more calories than jogging or walking. In comparison to the 20 calories burned during a one-minute sprint, a 150 lb. person would only burn around 10 calories per minute while jogging, or 5 calories per minute when walking at a moderate pace.