The benefits of exercise for your well-being are exponential. It improves your heart health, helps you lose weight, increases your brain function, lowers your risk for type 2 diabetes, and provides countless more perks that can’t be listed in a single blog. Unfortunately, half the battle with going to the gym is actually going to the gym. Motivation can be hard to come by when you dread your stale, repetitive workout routine. Is there an alternative that may be more motivating, will help you lose weight more efficiently, and can actually be better for your overall health? Let me introduce you to a new concept – high intensity interval training.
Have you ever driven to the gym, stepped out of your car, looked at the front door, gotten back in your car and returned home? You are not alone. Sometimes the thought of going through another monotonous workout routine is crushing. Variety is the spice of life, and high intensity interval training (HIIT) is your oregano. HIIT is great because it often involves circuits of revolving exercises. Don’t want to do squats this week? Try box jumps. Push-ups aren’t really wetting your appetite today? Grab some TRX bands and feel burn. The person crafting the routine is the only limit. This form of training is even found to be more enjoyable – with a higher rate of people continuing to exercise regularly, according to this study. Don’t let boredom affect your health. Try something new.
Is Your Workout Routine Burning Calories Effectively?
Are you someone who thinks the only way to lose weight is to run a marathon every other day? While long distance running works, here is some good news for you. High intensity interval training:
- Burns as many calories in 15 minutes of training as 1 hour of jogging on a treadmill.
- Boosts your metabolism – this burns more calories at a faster rate.
- Burns calories even after you leave the gym – When participating in high intensity workouts, your body’s repair mechanisms go into hyper drive. As a result, your body will burn calories and fat for hours after you complete your routine.
It appears that you get a lot more “bang for your buck” when you train using HIIT principles. There are not enough hours in the day for everything that needs to get done. For that reason, don’t you think you should maximize the time you have? Interval training is here to help.
Does Your Workout Routine Give You The Best Health Outcomes?
Finally, this form of exercise may actually be better for your overall health when compared to other traditional varieties. The scientific journal, Cell Metabolism, reported that healthy, inactive people had immediate measurable changes in their DNA after a brief, intense exercise routine. Another study found that unfit, but otherwise healthy middle-aged adults were able to improve their insulin sensitivity and blood sugar retention after just 2 weeks of training. This could help counter the type 2 diabetes epidemic running rampant in the USA. Diabetes is an expensive, chronic disease to treat. Essentially, investing in a HIIT routine can actually save you money in the long run.
Also, HIIT may improve your heart function more effectively than standard exercise routines in less time. A study by Slordahl et al showed a 12% increase in left ventricle mass and 13% increase in heart contractility. What does this mean for you? It means the part of your heart responsible for pumping blood all the way to your fingers and toes gets stronger. In addition, increased contractility means your heart muscle can stretch a little farther and fill with more blood than it did previously. As a result, your heart pumps more oxygenated blood to your brain, muscles, and other organs!
Don’t let your boring workout routine keep you from experiencing the health benefits of exercise. High intensity interval training may be just what you are looking for. It can provide you with motivation, can help you lose weight more effectively than traditional routines, and will deliver unbelievable health benefits – something that should be on the top of all American’s wish lists. After all, it is easier to stay well than to get well.