Saturday, 13 February 2016

Study: HIIT No More Effective Than Steady-State Cardio for New Exercisers

Really? People don't like Tabata?!


High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is no more effective than steady-state cardio exercise for sedentary people new to exercise and may actually turn these people off of exercise, a study commissioned by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), San Diego, found.

The study not only showed that the sedentary individuals recruited for the study received no greater benefits from HIIT than from steady-state cardio, but the group also disliked doing HIIT more than steady-state cardio, which could lead to lower rates of adherence.

"While very important, the effectiveness of a fitness program matters relatively little if participants find it unpleasant and something they would unlikely adhere to for the long haul," Bryant added. "The results of this study appear to suggest that the high-intensity nature of the Tabata workouts served as a turnoff for previously inactive participants. These findings help to reinforce the principle that it is critically important that health and fitness professionals design exercise programs that are individualized and appropriate for the needs, interests and abilities of their clients or activity participants."

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