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Adherence and health-related outcomes of beginner running programs: A 10-week observational study

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posted on 11.09.2020 by Clare Stevinson, Carolyn Plateau, Stephanie Plunkett, Elliot J Fitzpatrick, Mosope Ojo, Megan Moran, Stacy Clemes
Purpose: This study aimed to explore the determinants of adherence and assess changes in fitness and health outcomes in participants of group-based beginner running programs. Methods: Participants completed adherence diaries (n = 34) during the 10-week program and underwent fitness and health testing (n = 20) at the program start and end. Diaries included weekly visual analogue scales of enjoyment, motivation, confidence, fatigue, satisfaction and support along with a record of training sessions. Space was provided for free-text comments. Fitness was assessed by the multi-stage 20-metre shuttle run test, and measurements were taken of resting heart rate, blood pressure, body composition and free-living physical activity.
Results: Overall adherence to the 10-week program was 53 ± 27% with injury the most common reason for missing sessions and for discontinuing training. Adherence to group sessions was positively correlated with enjoyment, motivation, confidence, satisfaction with progress and social support. Qualitative analysis of diary entries indicated three distinct themes (self-awareness, social support, personal challenge) underlying progression through the programme. Significant changes were observed after 10 weeks in distance run on the fitness test (+189 ± 133 m), body mass index (-0.54 ± 0.72 kg/m2 ) and percentage body fat (-1.5 ± 1.6%). Blood pressure, resting heart rate and physical activity were unchanged.
Conclusion: Engagement in beginner running programs was associated with improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness and body composition within 10 weeks. A larger and longer-term study is required to determine if these programs can lead to sustained engagement in running and additional health benefits.

Funding

Sport and Exercise Beacon of Loughborough University (RA1014)

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Pages

1 - 9

Publisher

Informa UK Limited

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© SHAPE America

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport on [date of publication], available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/02701367.2020.1799916

Acceptance date

20/07/2020

Publication date

2020-09-08

ISSN

0270-1367

eISSN

2168-3824

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Clare Stevinson. Deposit date: 9 September 2020

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