Research Impact: Psychological consequences of sprint interval training (SIT), a potential time-efficient exercise strategy for which physiological adaptations are supported, is understudied, particularly effects on anxiety-related constructs. This is the first investigation of state anxiety and worry responses to acute and chronic SIT. Among 38 young adult males, 18 with elevated worry, a single Wingate significantly increased state anxiety and non-significantly decreased worry engagement; three weeks of SIT resulted in non-significant small magnitude reductions in state anxiety and worry; and, SIT resulted in small attenuation of state anxiety response to a single Wingate. Improvements were moderately larger among males with elevated worry.
Herring MP, Aird T, Forte C, Frengopoulos C, Carson BP (2020). Sprint interval training in men with and without elevated worry. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 18:100328. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mhpa.2020.100328 (IF: 1.797; C=; Q3 Psychiatry; R=82/142; Alt=14)*