Can high intensity interval training be fun enough to motivate desk-top workers for continued participation? A practice-based study of HIIT@WORK
ISPAH ePoster Library. De Clerck I. Oct 15, 2018; 225509; 441
Dr. Ine De Clerck
Dr. Ine De Clerck
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Abstract Introduction. Although High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a very popular and effective fitness trend, still policy makers doubt whether it can be used to tackle the often cited time barrier for physical activity. It is thought that training at a high to maximal intensity will scare people off, have negative affective responses and will result in a large drop-out. By use of design methodology, we’ve created a HIIT@WORK exercise program for desk-top workers in an office setting, including a motivational framework based on the self-determination theory and the social cognitive theory. Methods. A 4 week HIIT@WORK intervention (n=27) was organized within 2 companies. Post-intervention, participants were asked to fill in a questionnaire and participated in a semi-structured interview, both questioning their motivation. Results. The participation rate remained stable at a mean level of 2.6 per week per person. Participants reported to be positively influenced by following motivators: heart rate measurements (self-regulation), choices of exercise (autonomy), differentiation (competence), individual and group challenges (goal setting), colleagues (belonging) and external rewarding (incentives). Participants scored the movement program at 104.5 ± 17.7 (on a total of 126) on the Physical Activity Enjoyment Scale. 77% preferred to continue doing HIIT@WORK even after the intervention was finished. Conclusions. Although HIIT@WORK includes a potentially less enjoyable high intensity work-out, still participants were highly motivated by the motivational framework included in HIIT@WORK. This preliminary study shows that HIIT training can be made fun and motivational both for active and non-active desk-top workers in an office setting.
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