Date of Award

Fall 12-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science

First Advisor

Kristi L. Storti, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Madeline Paternostro Bayles, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Robert E. Alman II, D.Ed.

Abstract

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of elevated cardiometabolic risk factors that may increase the risk of developing non-insulin dependent diabetes (Stone et al., 2013). The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 30 minutes of continuous moderate-vigorous intensity aerobic exercise can significantly reduce risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome. However, no published research investigates blood glucose responses after three 10 minute bouts of moderate-vigorous intensity aerobic exercise in this population. Ten participants (6 women) between the age of 18 and 45 years old, with metabolic syndrome volunteered for this study with elevated fasting blood glucose levels (113.0±45.7 mg/dL). The sample was exposed to both conditions and blood glucose levels were recorded throughout exercise and rest. Results indicated either three 10 minute bouts or one continuous bout of exercise will significantly reduce blood glucose levels (p=0.00) and there were no significant differences between the conditions (p>0.05).

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