Effect of “interval training” versus “continuous training” on cardiovascular fitness in obese individuals
Karishma Shaikh, Vishnu Vardhan GD
Background and Objective: Obesity, which broadly refers to excess body fat, has become an important public health problem. It can cause deleterious effects on respiratory function and impair health and quality of life. Its prevalence increases day by day in whole world.Materials and Methods: A prospective cross-sectional comparative study was done with 30 Participants who were Obese BMI >30 in the age group of 18-25 were included in the study based on inclusion and exclusion criteria. There were 2 groups consisting of 15 patients in each group. Group A received interval training and group B received continuous training 5 days in 4 weeks. Outcome measures included in this study were waist hip ratio, incremental shuttle walk distance, peak Vo2. Results: Incremental shuttle walk distance, peak Vo2 showed sighnificant difference (p>0.0001) in both the groups. Group A showed slightly more improvement in incremental shuttle walk distance, peak Vo2 compared to Group B. There was no significant difference found in waist hip ratio in both the groups. Conclusion: The study concluded that both interval training and continuous training improved cardiovascular fitness in obese individuals but interval training is more effective compared to continuous training.