High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) may be the answer to many people's medical conditions, according to studies recently conducted. While most people do not believe that aerobic activities are good for them because they suffer from arthritis, pulmonary disease, and others, it's just the opposite.
High intensity workouts strengthen the body to not only decrease the risk of developing diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, but it can also reduce the symptoms of those who are already suffering from some conditions.
Studies have found these intervals of exercise that push people to their limit can improve their:
- Cardiovascular system
- Respiratory health
- Metabolic functioning
- Other mechanical functions
What Is HIIT? HIIT is usually 30-60 minutes long. It switches between high intensity exercises to small active breaks. By making the body work hard, rest for a small amount of time, and then work hard again, it's able to grow stronger than just doing the same level of intensity for a prolonged period of time.
Since HIIT is so intense, most people who engage in it will only exercise three times a week. They enjoy this more because they don't feel as though they are always exercising. Instead, they achieve a phenomenal level of physical activity in a relatively short period of time. It really aligns well with how people live these days -- a "get it done" lifestyle.
People can engage in a HIIT by doing many different activities.
The key is to alternate sprinting with moderate exercise. It doesn't mean you should go as fast as you can and then stop or go really slow. The key is to go as fast as you can, and then reduce the speed to one you can keep up with before having to go as fast as possible again. You can usually gauge how fast your rest periods should be as you go through your workout. Some people find that by the end of the workout, their rest periods are much slower. That's okay, as long as you are pushing your body as much as possible during the high intensity periods.
The time for each high intensity and rest period can vary. It depends heavily on your fitness level. You may only be able to work out intensely for half a minute because you slow down for two minutes. Over time, you will likely be able to increase the intensive portions of your workout once the rest periods decrease.
HIIT is perfect for people who are bored with their workouts. By having to vary their pace, it keeps them active and engaged. Ask your doctor whether it's right for you and then try it the next time you're exercising. It may help you ward off disease and improve your health!
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