Comparing Two Different Methods to Prescribe Exercise

Comparing Two Different Methods to Prescribe Exercise

Practical interventions are needed to increase physical activity (PA) levels in insufficiently active individuals. HEAT is a randomized controlled trial comparing two different exercise prescription (ExRx) methods to increase PA volume among insufficiently active UConn students. Students will be randomized to two groups: (1) ExRx#1 will emphasize meeting the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans via the Frequency, Intensity, Time, and Type or FITT principle of ExRx; and (2) ExRx#2 will be founded in the Integrated Behavior Change Theory and based on the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Review Committee Scientific Report heat map which emphasizes that all PA counts. HEAT aims to assess the effectiveness of each ExRx individually and comparatively to one another for each outcome measure. We hypothesize that UConn students in ExRx#2 will increase PA volume more than ExRx#1 in response to the 12wk ExRx due to its foundation in the IBC. If our hypothesis proves correct we aim to inform healthcare providers on university campuses on which method of ExRx is more effective at increasing PA participation among their insufficiently active students.

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Behavioral - A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans to a New Method of Exercise Prescription Among College Students

A randomized controlled trial comparing the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans weekly recommendations of 150-minutes of moderate intensity physical activity plus 2 days of muscle-strengthening physical activity to the Move Your Way Campaign message of increasing any and all physical activity to accumulate more movement throughout the week across all types and intensities.

The Heat Is On To Increase Physical Activity: Comparing Two Different Methods To Prescribe Exercise