Group HIIT

HIIT is effective in improving blood pressure and aerobic capacity levels in obese youth

HIIT is effective in improving blood pressure and aerobic capacity levels in obese youth

Study Eligibility Criteria:

The analysis was restricted to studies that examined the effect of HIIT interventions on cardio-metabolic and/or aerobic capacity in pediatric obesity (6-17 years old).

Results:

HIIT interventions (4-12 week duration) produced larger decreases in systolic blood pressure (SMD = 0.39; -3.63 mmHg) and greater increases in maximum oxygen uptake (SMD = 0.59; 1.92 ml/kg/min) than other forms of exercise. Also, type of comparison exercise group and duration of study were moderators.

Conclusions:

HIIT could be considered a more effective and time-efficient intervention for improving blood pressure and aerobic capacity levels in obese youth in comparison to other types of exercise. 

View the full study here.