What is it about?

Twenty recreational female runners followed 2 different schedules for training a half-marathon event. One group (MICT) trained a mean of 32 km/week at moderate intensity whereas the other group ran 25 km/week at high intensity combined with uphill running and resistance training. All the women were evaluated at the beginning and end of the training and participated in the same half-marathon run.

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Why is it important?

Female runners following high-intensity interval training obtained similar registers in a half-marathon race as the other ones who followed a traditional training, but expending less time and running shorter distances, meaning less disturbance of training program in their daily schedule, yet improving their anaerobic and aerobic power.

Perspectives

Middle-aged women can also obtain the benefits of HIIT exercises for the preparation of long distance running events, thus having good tool for work, sport and family reconciliation.

Professor Ginés Viscor
Universitat de Barcelona

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This page is a summary of: High-intensity interval versus moderate-intensity continuous half-marathon training programme for middle-aged women, European Journal of Applied Physiology, March 2020, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/s00421-020-04347-z.
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