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Volunteers Wanted for Exercise Study at UQ

Researchers from The University of Queensland are calling for participants to help with a study to identify the best way to simultaneously combat problems with weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.

People are invited to the study if they are 30 years or older, overweight, and have two of the following: 1) high glucose or diabetes; 2) high cholesterol; 3) high blood pressure.

Professor Jeff Coombes at UQ’s School of Human Movement Studies said exercise was a proven way to manage health problems, and high-intensity interval training had emerged as a very promising option to provide extra health benefits. High-intensity interval training involves alternating short periods of intense exercise with less intense exercise in the same session.

“Scientists have been working to develop a type of exercise that requires a few sessions each week, yet still provides large health benefits,” he said. “We need to understand people’s responses to this type of exercise and if the training schedule can be maintained over time.”

Preliminary results suggest that high-intensity interval training three times a week for 16 weeks improves fat burning and can reverse high levels of blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol.  “We are working to confirm these exciting initial findings through a multi-centre international trial with 750 individuals,” Dr Coombes said.

Study participation will involve supervised exercise training twice weekly for 16 weeks at The University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus (parking provided). For more information, email exercisestudy@uq.edu.au or phone (07) 3334 67767.