A recent long-term study proved that older adults get more benefit from high-intensity interval training. The study showed that five years of high-intensity interval training increased quality of life, improved fitness and decreased mortality in a group of older adults.
Training Intensity is Key!
The Generation 100 Study randomly divided people in three different groups. One group was assigned to do high-intensity interval using the 4X4 method twice a week, while the second group was instructed to train at a steady, moderate intensity for 50 minutes twice a week. The control group exercised on their own without supervision and were given standard Norwegian Health Authorities’ recommendations.
“Both physical and mental quality of life were better in the high-intensity group after five years than in the other two groups. High-Intensity interval training also had the greatest protective effect on fitness,” says the lead researcher of the study.
Does High-Intensity Training Lead to a Longer Life?
The short answer appears to be YES! The high-intensity interval training group had significantly lower mortality during the five year study.
To see a comprehensive review of the study go here: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-10-high-intensity-older-people.html
To learn how to perform the 4 X 4 interval training workout go here: https://vimeo.com/75764170