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HIIT Helps People With Asthma

Low-volume protocol improves exercise experience.

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HIIT and asthma

Exercise—specifically high-intensity interval training—may be an effective way to manage asthma.

University of Ontario Institute of Technology researchers in Ottawa found that a HIIT program done three times per week in 20-minute bouts helped people with asthma experience clinically significant improvements in controlling the condition. One in every 13 Americans has asthma. It’s more common among women than men, and it’s the leading chronic disease in children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study included 20 adult men and women. In addition to improving asthma control, participants increased exercise enjoyment and reduced feelings of shortness of breath during exercise. Read the full report in the Journal of Asthma (2020; doi:10.10 80/02770903.2020.1766063).


See also: Asthma and What You Eat

Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is an internationally acknowledged integrative health and mindfulness specialist, best-selling author of 16 fitness and wellness books translated into multiple languages and sold worldwide, award-winning health journalist, contributing editor to Fitness Journal, media spokesperson, and IDEA's 2008 Fitness Instructor of the Year. She's a 25-year industry veteran and former health and fitness educator at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, who has served on multiple industry committees and co-authored trade books and manuals for ACE, ACSM and YMCA of the USA. She has appeared on TV worldwide and was a featured trainer on America's Next Top Model.

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