Novel method of training for overweight adolescents in Leipzig.

A new workout offers overweight adolescents the chance to improve their fitness and weight in small groups. In the moveHIT program young people aged 13.5 to 18 years can work out without performance pressure, equipment and costs. MoveHit starts in April 2014 in the city of Leipzig. MoveHIT concurs with the CityBootCamp Leipzig – an outdoor training program. MoveHIT has short phases of high-intensive training alternating with relaxation phases.

The adolescents train in small groups twice a week for one hour in the parks of Leipzig. Merely the own body weight serves as work out device, because fitness depends not on expensive utensils but on motivation and team spirit.    

Up to now experts recommended 90-minutes of training per day with continuously, moderate effort for overweight adolescents. However, studies in adults showed that a high-intensive interval training (HIIT) is even more effective in preventing diseases that are associated with overweight. These diseases are e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure or fatty liver. High-intensive interval training means short and exhausting training units in turns with active relaxation times. So far studies about the effectiveness of HIIT in adolescents are missing.

Therefore, the research group „preventive medicine” at the Integrated Research and Treatment Centre (IFB) AdiposityDiseases wants to examine the effect of high-intensive interval training in overweight girls and boys. An accompanying moveHIT study will analyze if the six-month high-intensive interval training has comparable effects in youths as it has in adults.

The participants of the moveHIT program get an expense allowance at the start and end of the study and a feedback to the results of the initial and final exams.

The training starts in April 2014. The website offers information and an option to register online. Or you can contact Sabine Herget (IFB, moveHit-Study) directly via email movehit [at] medizin [dot] uni-leipzig [dot] de or via phone +49 (0)341/ 9715370 or 0341/ 9726315.  Participating youths should live in or around Leipzig, so as to get to the training regularly.

Keywords: exercise, associated diseases