Australian study shows High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) may give many health benefits
A study comparing boxing training to brisk walking resulted in marked health outcome differences.
The scientific study aimed to determine “the feasibility and effectiveness of high-intensity boxing training versus moderate-intensity brisk walking in adults with abdominal obesity”.
Although the test was only undertaken on a small study group, conclusions were drawn that show high-intensity training may be much more beneficial than moderate-intensity training regimes.
In the tests, the group following the boxing routine showed significant improvements in the following areas:
improved body fat percentage
a lowering in systolic blood pressure
improved augmentation index (a measure of vascular stiffness)
improved absolute VO2 (Oxygen uptake measure of aerobic fitness)
increased physical functioning, and vitality
Whereas, the walking group showed no improved clinical outcomes and actually recorded a lower level of vitality at the end of the twelve week research program.
Also, contrary to what may intuitively be expected, the high-intensity group saw a lower attrition rate than the medium-intensity group.
The research was authored by Birinder S Cheema, and was undertaken by research institutes in New South Wales and South Australia. The research was published by the peer-reviewed journal, BMC Sports Science, Medical and Rehabilitation on 16th January 2015.