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Active Steps: HIIT Training for workout lovers and beginners on the go

Being physically active is essential to a healthy lifestyle, but often it is difficult for individuals to get into a healthy routine pattern. With work, school, children and all the other obligations life brings, it can be difficult to dedicate enough time to healthy living.

What if there was a physical workout with enough intensity to target the entire body – all under 30 minutes or less? High Intensity Interval Training – also called HIIT – is a combination of brief but intense cardio workouts. This form of exercise enables individuals to perform high intensity activity then switches to low intensity. The switch happens in repetitions, depending on the amount of time dedicated to the workout.

So why HIIT? It can be done from the comfort of your home and without equipment. Research has shown that HIIT provides the same health benefits as a much longer, intensive cardio workout but has been shown to be more effective for fat loss. Here are three major reasons why HIIT is particularly beneficial. (1) It is great for people on the go. The time required to achieve fitness goals is much shorter than traditional workout methods. (2) It aids in preventing and controlling high blood pressure. A study published by the American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease showed women at high risk for hypertension experienced greater improvements to blood pressure after just 16 weeks of HIIT, compared to the group that performed 16 weeks of traditional cardio. (3) It produces faster results in comparison to traditional workouts. One of the many frustrations of active living is the duration of time to see results – HIIT improves muscle tone, endurance and performance over a short period of time.

With life constantly moving, it is great to know that a healthy lifestyle can be attained in such a short period of time and all within the comfort of your home. HIIT is great for beginners and advanced-level gym-goers. Do not let time limit you from a healthy lifestyle – HIIT workout videos are available for free on most social media platforms. Just search for “HIIT.” So, grab your workout attire, running shoes and go HIIT it.

By Precious Nwajei, Tulane PRC Graduate Office Assistant
October 2018

References:
1. Christopher G.R. Perry, George J.F. Heigenhauser, Arend Bonen, et al. “High-intensity aerobic interval training increases fat and carbohydrate metabolic capacities in human skeletal muscle.” Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. NRC Research Press. Dec. 1, 2008.
2. Ciolac E.G. “High-intensity interval training and hypertension: maximizing the benefits of exercise?” American Journal of Cardiovascular. Disease 2012.

Topics:   physical activity , running , walking , biking

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