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What did I do? Aim/s of your PhD
My PhD addressed the aims and objectives in three published studies (studies 1, 3 and 4) and one unpublished study (study 2). Study 1 was a meta-analysis and systematic review. Study 2 investigated the association between cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) measurements, cardiometabolic risk factors and inflammatory markers. Study 3 investigated the effect of the 90 s ‘Gear’ exercise programme repeated at different times in the day (GEP-DT) and 18 min ‘Gear’ exercise programme repeated at one point in time (GEP-OT) on cardiometabolic risk factors. Study 4 investigated the effect of the ‘Gear’ exercise programmes on markers of inflammation and CRF.
Why did I do it? Rationale for your PhD
Sedentary behaviour increases the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).1 ‘Lack of time’ is a barrier to exercise.2 Thus, the study compared the effects of the new time-efficient ‘Gear’ exercise programmes with traditional exercise …
Contributors Professor Constantinou and Dr Torres were appointed as my supervisors at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Funding This work is based on the research supported in part by the Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa, through the Department of Higher Education and Training Research Development Grant.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.