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Journal of Physical Activity Research. 2017, 2(1), 25-31
DOI: 10.12691/jpar-2-1-5
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Acute Metabolic and Enjoyment Responses of Three Walking Protocols

Jermaine B. Mitchell1, , Jonathan E. Wingo2, Mark T. Richardson2, Robert L. Herron2 and Phillip Bishop3

1Department of Counseling, FCS, & Kinesiology, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL, Unites States of America

2Department of Kinesiology, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, United States of America

3Department of Health Professions, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA, United States of America

Pub. Date: April 22, 2017

Cite this paper:
Jermaine B. Mitchell, Jonathan E. Wingo, Mark T. Richardson, Robert L. Herron and Phillip Bishop. Acute Metabolic and Enjoyment Responses of Three Walking Protocols. Journal of Physical Activity Research. 2017; 2(1):25-31. doi: 10.12691/jpar-2-1-5

Abstract

Encouraging physical activity is a key component of public health. The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that interval walking would produce higher oxygen uptake (V̇O2) and similar enjoyment responses during and following exercise compared to continuous walking. Ten healthy adults (4 women, 6 men; mean age = 24 ± 5 years) completed the following 3 walking bouts in counterbalanced order and equated for total volume (90 MET·min): 1) 30 min of low-moderate continuous walking (3 METs; ~ 4.8 km/h), 2) 24 min and 24 s of interval walking (IW1) with cycles of 30 s:60 s of high-moderate (5 METs; ~ 6.4 km/h):low-moderate intensities, and 3) 26 min and 20 s of interval walking (IW2) with cycles of 30 s:120 s of high-moderate:low-moderate intensities. Accumulated O2 uptake during exercise was higher during IW2 (28,232 ± 2,782 mL) compared to IW1 (26,561 ± 2,685 mL; p = 0.03) and continuous walking (24,500 ± 2,427 mL; p = 0.001), and higher during IW1 than during continuous walking (p = 0.001). EPOC over 20 min was higher after IW1 (1,268 ± 117 mL O2) compared to continuous walking (892 ± 73 mL; p = 0.04); the 2 interval walking protocols were not different (IW2: 1,174 ± 178 mL; p > 0.05). Exercise enjoyment before, during, and after exercise did not differ among the walking protocols (all p > 0.05). Interval walking elicited greater V̇O2 and EPOC in shorter total durations of exercise compared to continuous walking of a similar enjoyment and volume.

Keywords:
EPOC interval walking aerobic exercise body fat affect adherence

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