Untapping the health enhancing potential of vigorous intermittent lifestyle physical activity (VILPA): rationale, scoping review, and a 4-pillar research framework

Emmanuel Stamatakis, Bo-Huei Hang, Carol Maher, Cecile Thogersen-Ntoumani, Afroditi Stathi, Paddy Dempsey, Nathan Johnson, Andreas Holtermann, Josephine Y Chau, Catherine Sherrington, Amanda J Daley, Mark Hamer, Marie H Murphy, Catrine Tudor-Locke, Martin J Gibala

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    Abstract

    Recently revised public health guidelines acknowledge the health benefits of regular intermittent bouts of vigorous intensity incidental physical activity done as part of daily living, such as carrying shopping bags, walking uphill, and stairclimbing. Despite this recognition and the advantages such lifestyle physical activity has over continuous vigorous intensity structured exercise, a scoping review we conducted revealed that current research in this area is, at best, rudimentary. Key gaps include the absence of an empirically-derived dose specification (e.g. minimum duration of lifestyle physicalactivity required to achieve absolute or relative vigorous intensity), lack of acceptable measurement standards, limited understanding of acute and chronic (adaptive) effects
    of intermittent vigorous bouts on health, and paucity of essential information necessary to develop feasible and scalable interventions (e.g. acceptability of this kind of physical activity by the public). To encourage collaboration and research agenda alignment we propose a research framework to better understand vigorous intermittent lifestyle physical activity (VILPA). This framework comprises four pillars aimed at the development of: a) an empirical definition of VILPA, b) methods to reliably and accurately measure VILPA, c) approaches to examine the short and long-term doseresponse effects of VILPA, and d) scalable and acceptable behavioural VILPApromoting interventions.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalSports Medicine
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 21 Aug 2020

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    Stamatakis, E., Hang, B-H., Maher, C., Thogersen-Ntoumani, C., Stathi, A., Dempsey, P., Johnson, N., Holtermann, A., Chau, J. Y., Sherrington, C., Daley, A. J., Hamer, M., Murphy, M. H., Tudor-Locke, C., & Gibala, M. J. (Accepted/In press). Untapping the health enhancing potential of vigorous intermittent lifestyle physical activity (VILPA): rationale, scoping review, and a 4-pillar research framework. Sports Medicine.