Explorathon @ Edinburgh Cafe Scientifique

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Edinburgh Café Scientifique returns to Explorathon! This year, we join Dr Shaun Phillips to ask: High-Intensity Interval Training: A Fast-Track to Better Health?


 Many people do not achieve the weekly levels of physical activity recommended for improving health, with one of the most common reasons being lack of time. High intensity interval training (HIIT – short bouts of high-intensity exercise interspersed with recovery periods) has received a lot of research attention over the last decade, and is also garnering increasing media exposure. This research suggests that HIIT can stimulate many of the fitness and health gains associated with more traditional long duration training, but with a fraction of the time commitment. Despite the positive outcomes of HIIT that are being documented in individuals at different stages of life and with a variety of health conditions, there is debate among researchers as to whether HIIT has a role to play in improving the health of the general public. This talk aims to clarify and summarise our knowledge of HIIT and physical health and fitness by addressing the following questions: 1. What is HIIT? 2. What physical improvements can be gained from HIIT? 3. Who can do HIIT? 4. Why is the appropriateness of HIIT still debated? 5. What would employing HIIT into a daily routine look like?

About Shaun

Dr Shaun Phillips completed his PhD in Exercise Physiology at the University of Edinburgh in 2011. He was a lecturer and researcher at Abertay University for a total of six years, and since January 2015 has been a lecturer and researcher in Sport and Exercise Physiology in the Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. Shaun has provided sport and exercise physiology support to a variety of athletes and organisations, including high performance triathletes and orienteers, Hibernian and Heart of Midlothian FC, the FIA Young Driver Excellence Academy, and the Scottish Institute of Sport. He is also the exercise and health physiology advisor for the Professional Network of Physiotherapists in Eating Disorders. Shaun has published numerous research papers, books, and conference presentations. One of his research interests is peoples’ perceptions of HIIT, and how best to utilise HIIT in improving physical and mental health.

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