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UCA research suggests that a change of pace in training improves sports results and health 5 April 2017


Researchers from the department of Physical, Plastic and Musical Education Didactics at the University of Cadiz have demonstrated that changes in moderate intensity of exercise can also improve health. After assessing different approaches and nuances of current training methods, they have confirmed that not all benefits are due to the intensity at which they are carried out.

Experts propose training at moderate effort intervals versus high intensity as an alternative for people with certain specific health risks or difficulties and who are advised against major exertions. This type of exercise could serve as a stepping-stone to higher intensity sessions, in addition to helping the body adapt to the sport. Another advantage of intermittent moderate intensity is the ease of obtaining training objectives and controlling their achievement, although supervision by personnel specialized in Sports Science is always recommended.

In the editorial published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, titled High-intensity intermittent training versus moderate-intensity intermittent training: is it a matter of intensity or intermittent efforts?, The UCA researchers carried out a review of all scientific literature published so far on the benefits of this type of exercise not only in comparison to the classic continuous training but also in comparison to the benefits attributed to so-called HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training).