Published on April 12th, 2013 | by Nicole Corvin0
High-Intensity Interval Training Yields Big Health Benefits
One of the main reasons people do not exercise enough in our society is the lack of time due to full schedules. Not everyone can skip doing the dishes, washing the clothes or deliverin that project from work that is due for tomorrow. You can’t possibly throw away all responsibilities just to jog for hours in the park.
For people with such high levels of responsibilities and stress, researchers might have found an answer with high intensity interval training, otherwise known as HIIT. HIIT is a way of exercising in which you go through short bursts of extreme training with slightly longer low intensity training in between. For instance sprinting for 90 seconds three times with intervals of 5 minute jogging, is a viable HIIT training and will take on average just 20 minutes of your time.
Researchers have found that some benefits of exercise are the same whether you do endurance training for an hour or HIIT for 20 minutes. Some of those benefits are improved insulin sensitivity, which is a blessing for all pre diabetics and type 2 diabetics, and relaxed arteries which can lower hypertension.
High intensity interval training is not for marathon runners and endurance training athletes, but it can give the housewife/husband or the working person a lot of the benefits of a long workout without taking away the time needed for productivity, household and family.
Because HIIT will burn the body’s glycogen and energy stores, this means that switching ot out once in a while with some less intense cardio would be ideal. Remember, the secret behind a successful long term relationship with fitness is to find a sport or active hobby that you actually enjoy and have time for.