In a new study, researchers found that doing high-intensity interval training (HIIT) could help reduce colon cancer cells.
They found that after a short session of this exercise, the cancer cell growth was reduced in cancer patients.
The research was conducted by a team from the University of Queensland and the University of Waterloo.
Previous research has shown that doing exercise for a long time could bring health benefits to people.
However, how short sessions of exercise could benefit health has been unknown.
In the study, the team examined colorectal cancer survivors completing either a single session of HIIT or 12 sessions over 4 weeks.
The patients’ blood samples were collected either immediately after the single session of exercise or at rest after 4 weeks of training.
The team found that immediately after a short session of exercise, there was a reduction of cancer cell growth. But the effect was not found at rest.
The finding suggests that the effects following a single session of HIIT, an exercise regime involving short, high energy bursts are also important.
It is possible that repeated exposure to the effects of exercise may contribute to the fight against cancer.
These results support the importance of doing regular exercise and maintaining a physically active lifestyle.
In their future work, the team will find out the mechanisms by which biomarkers in the blood can impact cancer cell growth.
The lead author of the research is James Devin.
The study is published in The Journal of Physiology.
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