Moderate-intensity continuous training is better than high-intensity interval training at improving immune function in healthy active young men

In August 2018 researchers from Tunisia and France published the results of their study to compare the effect of 2 training programmes, high-intensity interval training and moderate-intensity continuous training, on haematological biomarkers in 16 healthy active young men, aged 18-20 years. The individuals were requested to undertake one of the two training programmes for a 9-week period. Aerobic capacity and haematological biomarkers were assessed before and after completion of the training programmes. Results showed that moderate-intensity continuous training produced a significant improvement in haematological biomarkers when compared to high-intensity interval training. The moderate-intensity continuous training appeared to increase the number of immune cells, whereas the opposite occurred following the high-intensity interval training.

Khammassi M et al. Continuous Moderate-Intensity but Not High-Intensity Interval Training Improves Immune Function Biomarkers in Healthy Young Men. J Strength Cond Res. 2018 Aug 10. [Epub ahead of print] 

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