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Not an athlete? Maybe stay away from high-intensity training

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – High-intensity workouts might be gaining popularity, but you should probably shy away from them if you’re not in shape.

UBC researcher Robert Boushel says sprint training may result in higher levels of free radicals — molecules that can alter DNA and harm healthy cells.

“Our findings lead to the conclusion that in untrained individuals, this may not be the best approach to training,” he explains.

“In the large picture, we would think that people should have a significant base training at lower intensity before they engage in this type of sprint training,” adds Boushel.

The UBC study was published in The Official Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Journal earlier this year.