While many who suffer from chronic health problems may be reticent to participating in regular physical activity entirely, even those who run, swim, or jog on a routine basis are potentially missing out on critical aspects to helping manage their health conditions. Studies have shown that a more demanding, intense exercise regimen has substantially better effects than those who simply perform regular, routine aerobic exercise.

Known as High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), its use was traditionally reserved for athletes and for those seeking to burn additional body fat. However, recent reports have suggested practicing this efficient and enjoyable form of exercise may be beneficial to patients who suffer from chronic conditions and illnesses.  

By subjecting your body to intense exercises over shorter bursts, researchers have observed a greater efficacy in cardiovascular, respiratory, and mechanical functions compared to people who exercised continuously for 20 or more minutes.

Best of all, interval training can be applied to many activities, including cycling, jogging, and swimming. However, it’s designed to challenge an individual’s aerobic capabilities, pushing them to about 80-90% of capacity. Rather than dedicating 20-30 minutes to moderate aerobic exercise, combining multiple, high-intensity workouts in a shorter session (15-20 minutes) can provide greater performance gains and maximize fat burning.

Benefits of HIIT and How to Get Started

  • Improved cardiovascular health
  • Build muscle
  • Improved metabolism
  • Burns fat and calories

You don’t actually need any equipment or special training to get started with HIIT. In fact, more often than not, the less equipment you use, the better.

Whatever activity you choose, getting started with a HIIT regimen is relatively easy: simply find an exercise you can perform at 100% capacity for one or two minutes at a time with a few short minutes of walking or resting in between.

Of course, those who suffer from physical shortcomings, strains, or injuries may want to avoid intense cardiovascular exercises, but if you’re interested in getting started with HIIT activities, contact Naturkur Wellness Center for a free consultation.

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