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June 18, 2013
Fitness Trend: High-Intensity Interval Training
Appleton, WI. – Looking for a way to add variety to your exercise plan while taking your fitness to the next level? Then look at High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).
According to the American Council on Exercise, HIIT is a cardiorespiratory training technique that alternates brief speed and recovery intervals to increase the overall intensity of your workout. HIIT is used by athletes and everyday exercise enthusiasts to reach performance goals and enhance fitness and well-being.
How does it work?
Most endurance workouts, such as walking, running, or stair-climbing—are performed at a moderate intensity, or an exertion level of 5-6 on a scale of 0-10. High-intensity intervals are done at an exertion level of 7 or higher, and are typically sustained for 30 seconds to 3 minutes, although they can be as short as 8-10 seconds or as long as 5 minutes; the higher the intensity, the shorter the speed interval. Recovery intervals are equal to or longer than the speed intervals.
What are the benefits of HIIT?
The payoffs of pushing yourself with HIIT are plentiful, and include:
Significantly increased aerobic and anaerobic fitness
Decreased fasting insulin and increased insulin sensitivity
Reduced abdominal and subcutaneous (just under the skin) fat
The surprising thing about HIIT is that it involves such a small total amount of exercise. By including HIIT in your exercise plan, you can realize remarkable results in a short amount of time, which is good news for busy people.
Is HIIT safe?
High-intensity exercise of any type brings with it a higher risk of musculoskeletal injury and cardiac events. But along with healthy subjects, HIIT has been studied as a training method for people with heart disease and congestive heart failure. Under clinical supervision, subjects were able to tolerate high-intensity intervals without negative effects. Most importantly, they experienced bigger improvements in cardiovascular function compared to those undergoing continuous moderate-intensity training.
The bottom line? HIIT may or may not be safe for you. Check with your health care provider before adding it to your exercise plan.
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