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Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2019 Jun;44(6):681-684. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2018-0675. Epub 2019 Jan 16.

Do stair climbing exercise "snacks" improve cardiorespiratory fitness?

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a Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1, Canada.
2
b School of Health and Exercise Science, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7, Canada.

Abstract

We investigated the effect of stair climbing exercise "snacks" on peak oxygen uptake. Sedentary young adults were randomly assigned to perform 3 bouts/day of vigorously ascending a 3-flight stairwell (60 steps), separated by 1-4 h of recovery, 3 days/week for 6 weeks, or a nontraining control group (n = 12 each). Peak oxygen uptake was higher in the climbers after the intervention (P = 0.003), suggesting that stair climbing "snacks" are effective in improving cardiorespiratory fitness, although the absolute increase was modest.

KEYWORDS:

consommation d’oxygène de pointe; entraînement par intervalles de sprint; peak oxygen uptake; sprint interval training

PMID:
30649897
DOI:
10.1139/apnm-2018-0675
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