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Acute high-intensity interval running reduces postprandial lipemia in boys

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posted on 27.06.2013, 10:19 authored by Alice ThackrayAlice Thackray, Laura BarrettLaura Barrett, Keith TolfreyKeith Tolfrey
INTRODUCTION: Acute moderate-intensity exercise reduces postprandial lipemia in boys. However, the effect of high-intensity exercise has not been investigated. This study examined the effect of low-volume, high-intensity interval running (HIIR) on postprandial plasma triacylglycerol concentrations [TAG]. METHODS: Fifteen healthy, active boys (means(SD): age 11.8(0.4) years; body mass 42.8(8.0) kg; peak oxygen uptake (V ̇2) 55(6) mL·kg·min) completed two, 2-day trials in a counter-balanced, cross-over design separated by 14 days. On day 1, participants rested (CON) or completed 10 x 1 min running intervals at 100% maximal aerobic speed, determined from an incremental peak V ̇2 test, with 1 min recovery between intervals (HIIR). On day 2, capillary blood samples were taken in the fasted state and at pre-determined intervals throughout the 6.5 h postprandial period while participants rested. A standardised breakfast was consumed at 08:00 immediately after the fasting sample and a standardised lunch meal at 12:00. RESULTS: Differences in fasting plasma [TAG] were small to moderate (95% confidence interval (95% CI) -0.11 to 0.01, Effect size (ES) = 0.40). Postprandial [TAG] was lower during HIIR compared with CON (95% CI -0.19 to -0.02, ES = 0.58). The total area under the [TAG] versus time curve was lower following HIIR compared with CON (5.2(1.1) vs. 5.8(1.5) mmol·L 6.5 h; 95% CI -1.18 to -0.12, ES = 0.50). CONCLUSIONS: This is the first study to show that low volume, high-intensity interval running attenuates postprandial [TAG] in healthy, active 11 to 12 year old boys.



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THACKRAY, A.E., BARRETT, L.A. and TOLFREY, K., 2013. Acute high-intensity interval running reduces postprandial lipemia in boys. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 45(7), pp. 1277–1284.


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