Get more bang for your buck in exercise with high-intensity interval training

by Sports Therapy And Rehabilitation, May 25, 2017

As physical therapists, one of the most important recommendations we give to all of our patients is to find ways to exercise and become physically active on a more regular basis. Unfortunately, these days it can be difficult to find enough time to commit to exercising as much as you’d like. This is why we are always on the lookout for new forms of exercise that can more easily fit into our your schedule, and one suggestion we offer is high-intensity interval training.

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) has been around for years, but has recently become one of the biggest fitness trends around. Essentially, HIIT is a training technique in which you give an all-out, 100% effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, which are then followed by shorter recovery periods.

Since your body is working so hard during a HIIT workout, it increases your heart rate and helps you burn more fat in less time. HIIT workouts also increase the body’s need for oxygen during these extreme efforts, which leads to an oxygen shortage. This will cause your body to require more oxygen during the recovery period, and over time, the intense workout will help increase your cardiovascular ability and strengthen your heart.

Better cardiovascular health is just one of the many benefits of HIIT. Here are some other attractive qualities:

  • Helps build endurance: HIIT adapts to the cellular structure of the muscles, which enables you to increase your endurance while doing any type of exercise
  • Quick and convenient: HIIT workouts can be done just about anywhere and at any time, and only require 10-30 minutes to complete
  • Equipment is usually not necessary: most workouts only use your body weight, although dumbbells may be optional in some cases
  • Helps you lose fat, not muscle: HIIT workouts have been found to help individuals preserve their muscle while shedding fat

To learn more about the possible benefits of HIIT workouts, click here, and for any aches or pains you may be experiencing, contact Sports Therapy And Rehabilitation at 202-223-1737 or e-mail info@starclinic.net and schedule an appointment today.

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