Fifteen Highlights from Reading this Themed issue on HIIT and Chronic Disease
1. This issue is a “HIIT"! The application of high-intensity interval training continues to expand across various conditions, the focus of this themed issue. A huge thank you to Associate Editor-in-Chief Gary Liguori, Ph.D., FACSM, and guest editor Yuri Feito, Ph.D., FACSM, for their exceptional work putting together this excellent issue.
2. Clients with diabetes? Clip and share! Guest columnist Peter D. Parasiliti, M.S., EIM-II, provides important client information in this issue's Fitness Focus column, “HIIT Training for Persons Living with Diabetes." A great column to share with your clients.
3. An emerging rehabilitation and resistance training tool: This issue's Health & Fitness from A to Z column penned by M. Terese Whipple, M.D.; Rachel A. Erickson, D.O.; Jesse J. Donnenwerth, Ph.D., ATC, LAT; and Andrew R. Peterson, M.D., MSPH, reviews the utilization of blood flow restriction training. Be sure to read “Blood Flow Restriction in Exercise and Rehabilitation." I'm sure you will pick up a few tips as I did.
4. An expanding global challenge! Experience with the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened our awareness regarding the challenges of chronic health conditions. James A. Peterson, Ph.D., FACSM, highlights ten important facts about chronic disease in this issue's Take Ten column, “Ten Things to Know about Chronic Disease."
5. HIIT, an emerging option for therapeutic exercise. This issue's initial feature article, “Introduction to High-Intensity Interval Training and Chronic Conditions," written by Charles J. Fontaine, Ph.D., FACSM, provides an overview and definition of high-intensity interval training as an introduction to this issue's series of feature articles on the utilization of HIIT in clinical populations.
6. HIIT, good for my cognitive health! Jennifer J. Heisz, Ph.D.; Maryam Yvonne Marashi, B.Sc.; Emma Nicholson, B.Sc.; and Michelle Orgodnik, M.Sc., discuss the benefits of acute sessions of vigorous-intensity exercise on depression, anxiety, and cognitive function in their excellent feature article, “HIIT as a Tool for Improving Mental Health and Cognition."
7. Forced intensity exercise? Exercise training is a key treatment intervention for individuals with neurodegenerative disease. Paul Gallo, Ed.D., FACSM, ACSM-EP, ACSM-CEP, ACSM-GEI, reviews key recommendations for using high-intensity training in individuals with neurodegenerative disease in his exceptional feature article, “High-Intensity Interval Training for Neurodegenerative Conditions: Indicators and Recommendations for Exercise Programming."
8. HIIT: exercise variety for individuals with hypertension. Using high-intensity interval training for clients with hypertension can be effective and add an element of fun to the training routine. Brent Uken B.A., M.Sc.; Matthew Lee, B.S., M.Sc.; Gage Wright, B.S., M.Sc.; and Yuri Feito, Ph.D., FACSM, ACSM-CEP, share insights into the use of high-intensity training in clients with hypertension in their outstanding feature article, “HIIT for Hypertension: Program Design and Application."
9. An individualized HIIT prescription is important for individuals with cardiovascular disease. Kimberly L. Way, Ph.D., AEP; Tasuku Terada, Ph.D., CEP; Carley D. O'Neill, Ph.D., CEP; Sol Vidal-Almela, M.Sc.; Andrew Keech, Ph.D., AEP; and Jennifer L. Reed, Ph.D., RKin, discuss the use of HIIT as an exercise training modality in individuals with cardiovascular disease in their outstanding feature article, “Practical Recommendations for High-Intensity Interval Training for Adults with Cardiovascular Disease."
10. HIIT, a viable part of a comprehensive cancer rehab exercise program! Regular exercise is an important component of the recovery process for cancer survivors, of which HIIT may play a role. Riggs Klika, Ph.D., FACSM, and Lauren Hunter-Stafford, B.S., discuss the use of HIIT in individuals with cancer in their excellent feature article, “Exercise Oncology: High-Intensity Interval Training for Cancer Survivors."
11. Participation in preparatory foundational training is an important HIIT strategy! Individuals with obesity-related diseases can derive benefit from HIIT and associated benefits in cardiorespiratory fitness. Alexios Batrakoulis, M.S., ACSM-EP, ACSM-CPT; Athanasios Z. Jamurtas, Ph.D.; and Ioannis G. Fatouros, Ph.D., discuss the application of HIIT training in individuals with metabolic diseases in their superb feature article, “High-Intensity Interval Training in Metabolic Disease: Physiological Adaptations."
12. HIIT may improve exercise adherence. Stella Volpe, Ph.D., RDN, FACSM, ACSM-CEP, reviews the potential effect of adding HIIT to the training regime of overweight individuals in this issue's A Nutritionist's View column, “HIIT and Body Composition."
13. Critical to focus on program design and safety! HIIT is not without risk, especially when programs are not individualized and too intense or complex for participants. This issue's Fitness Safety column, “HIIT for Clinical Populations: Safety and Legal Liability Issues for Community Fitness Facilities," penned by JoAnn M. Eickhoff-Shemek, Ph.D., FACSM, discusses the legal and liability issues associated with HITT. An important read!
14. COVID-19 pivots, important for maintaining in-person exercise sessions. Guest authors Vincent Cascone, Pharm.D.; Jason Willis; Steve Redmond, B.S.; and David Pope, B.S., share strategies that were implemented at their facility to support in-person exercise classes in this issue's Business Edge column, “Operating In-Person Fitness Classes during the COVID Pandemic."
15. Health and well-being programs: what do successful employers have in common? Joel Spoonheim, MURP, and Nico P. Pronk, Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP, share important insights into successful health and wellness programs in this issue's Worksite Health Promotion column, “Improving Health and Well-being at Work: A Case Report from the Field."
Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM
Logan Regional Medical Center