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As per a study women who can do a HIIT work-out higher intensity interval training are less likely to die from heart disease, cancer, and other such diseases.
Scotty Butcher PhD and an associate professor of physical therapy at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada, said her findings are “right in line” with other research works, which look at the impact of fitness level on the risk of dying from these kinds of conditions.
It’s no surprise that exercise is good for your health. However, does the new study also mean that women should take up more strenuous exercise like running, swimming or kickboxing?
Not always. There are many ways to increase your fitness level. Still, for some women, higher-intensity workouts can be a great option.
Capacity to exercise connected to lower risk of dying early
In the new study, researchers looked at two groups of women — those with good exercise capacity and those with poor exercise capacity.
Women with good exercise capacity were able to exercise at an intensity of 10 metabolic equivalents (METs) or better during a stress echocardiogram.
MET level is a measure of how much energy one burns during an activity.
Six METs is about vigorous exercise. Running a 10-minute mile is about 10 METs. But that is not everyone can do beyond the age of 40. Therefore, one needs to either consult a doctor or slowly build the stamina.
Women with poor exercise capacity were four times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease compared to women who exercise.
Poor exercisers were also twice as likely to die from cancer compared to exercising women. Also, they were more than four times as likely to die from other causes compared to women with higher fitness.
This study was presented at a scientific meeting at Euro Echo 2019 of the European Society of Cardiology.
Most of the women in the study were between 50 and 75 years old. Researchers followed the women on average for about 5 years.
While the study found that having a higher exercise capacity is a good thing, the researchers didn’t look at what women did to reach that level of fitness.
“MET level on the test used in this study is simply a marker of maximal capacity, not necessarily of ‘vigorous exercise’ training,” said Butcher.
So the study gives an idea of how fit the women were. Though, they don’t know how intensely they trained.