Effect of High-Intensity Interval Cardio Training on Stress Level of Students During COVID-19 Pandemic


Aniek Puspitosari1), Dinna Fitriani Wardani2)

 

1)Department of Occupational Therapy, Health Polytechnic,

Ministry of Health,Surakarta, Indonesia

2)Occupational Therapy Unit, Regional General Hospital Dr. Abdul Rivai,

Berau Regency, East Kalimantan

 

ABSTRACT

Background: Final year students who are in the process of working on their final project feel overwhelmed and confused in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This causes some students to experience stress. High-Intensity Interval Cardio Training is hypothesized to be able to reduce stress levels by overcoming stress symptoms that arise. This study aimed to analyze high-intensity interval cardio training in reducing student stress levels.

Subjects and Method: A quasi-experimental study with no control group was conducted at Muhammadiyah Berau Islamic institute, East Borneo, Indonesia. A sample of 53 last year’s students was selected for this study. The dependent variable was stress. The independent variable was high-intensity cardio interval training. Eight types of high-intensity cardio interval training exercises were given for five weeks. From the first to the third week, they received level 1 exercise. From the fourth to the fifth week, they received level 2 exercise. Stress was measured by the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale 42 (DASS 42) before and after intervention. Data were analyzed using paired t-test.

Results: The mean of stress after high intensity interval cardio training (Mean= 41.30; SD= 4.49) was lower than before (Mean= 53.20; SD= 4.92), and it was statistically significant (p= 0.010).

Conclusion: High-intensity interval cardio training is lower stress in the last year’s students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Keywords: high-intensity interval cardio training, stress level, pandemic COVID-19.

 

Correspondence:

Aniek Puspitosari. Department of Occupational Therapy, Health Polytechnics Surakarta. Email: aniekpuspitosari@gmail.com. Mobile: +6285725068217

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/AB.Medicine.ICPH.08.2021.33

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