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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 09:52

More Benefits from HIIT

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High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) exercise has actually been around for awhile now, but even more benefits are being discovered, especially in terms of how it can benefit the overweight to become more healthy.
"Regular incidental activity that gets you huffing and puffing even for a few seconds at a time has great promise for health," said Emmanuel Stamatakis, Professor of Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Population Health in the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre and School of Public Health. This was recently discovered and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
What this means really is that despite all the differences in physical capabilities and differences even in age and gender, there are still numerous daily activities that get you out of breath. Many of these activities can be viewed as high intensity exercise that can promote fitness. All a person has to do is work them literally into his/her lifestyle on a regular basis.
For example, think about doing things like playing with your kids (at their pace!), walking uphill, riding a bike or even walking to work. Over the course of the day these activities could be used in the same way that the popular high intensity interval training (HIIT) works by repeating short sessions of high intensity exercise with rests in between. Ten minutes is all you need! (For more specific instructions on exactly how to do this, review this previous blog.)
In a current Australian study, Professor Stamatakis states, "There is a lot of research telling us that any type of HIIT, irrespective of the duration and number of repetitions, is one of the most effective ways to rapidly improve fitness and cardiovascular health and HIIT works with this.…" This can even easily be accomplished just doing a few repetitions, 5-10 minutes a day. Doing this most days of the week is enough to make it doable because people are doing these general activities anyway so it’s a good start. And no extra costs or special equipment involved! Literally almost any kind of activitiy can be ramped up to make it work in a HIIT routine!
 "Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states." – Carol Welch. Think of exercise is about having optimal health, it's not just about weight loss!
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