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The Daily Mile Is Able to Improve Cardiorespiratory Fitness When Practiced Three Times a Week

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NeuroMuscular Function Research Group, School of Exercise and Sport Sciences, Department of Medical Sciences, University of Turin, 10143 Turin, Italy
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Dipartimento di Prevenzione dell’ASL TO 4, 10072 Caselle Torinese, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(6), 2095; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17062095
Received: 21 February 2020 / Revised: 19 March 2020 / Accepted: 20 March 2020 / Published: 22 March 2020
The Daily Mile is a promising initiative aimed at removing some of the barriers to physical activity in the school setting. This quasi-experimental study investigated the dose–effect of The Daily Mile on cardiorespiratory fitness, waist-to-height ratio, and body mass index (BMI) after a period of 3- and 6-months. A total of 279 students (mean age = 9 ± 1 years) participated in The Daily Mile while 269 students (mean age = 9 ± 1 years) did not (control group). A posteriori, the classes performing The Daily Mile on average two times per week were included in the 2_times subgroup, while those performing the activity on average three times per week in the 3_times subgroup. A significant difference was observed in favor of the experimental compared to the control group in the 6 Minute Run Test (F = 13.932, p = 0.008). Moreover, the improvement of the 6-minute run test was more pronounced for 3_times (effect size = 0.51) rather than for the 2_times subgroup (effect size = 0.29). No differences were observed in waist-to-height ratio and BMI scores. In conclusion, teachers are strongly recommended to implement The Daily Mile at least three times a week to see appreciable effects on cardiorespiratory fitness. View Full-Text
Keywords: dose–response; school-based physical activity; intervention; active break dose–response; school-based physical activity; intervention; active break
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Brustio, P.R.; Mulasso, A.; Lupo, C.; Massasso, A.; Rainoldi, A.; Boccia, G. The Daily Mile Is Able to Improve Cardiorespiratory Fitness When Practiced Three Times a Week. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 2095. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17062095

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Brustio PR, Mulasso A, Lupo C, Massasso A, Rainoldi A, Boccia G. The Daily Mile Is Able to Improve Cardiorespiratory Fitness When Practiced Three Times a Week. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(6):2095. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17062095

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Brustio, Paolo R., Anna Mulasso, Corrado Lupo, Alberto Massasso, Alberto Rainoldi, and Gennaro Boccia. 2020. "The Daily Mile Is Able to Improve Cardiorespiratory Fitness When Practiced Three Times a Week" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 6: 2095. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17062095

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