More Promising Research about the Benefits of Interval Training

There’s no doubt that exercise can be quite time consuming, which the reason many people avoid doing it altogether. However, we’ve discussed specific ways to exercise here at Promote Health that can cut your exercise time in half while providing the same, if not better, health benefit. This method is called high intensity interval training, or HIIT, and several clinical and university studies have proven its effectiveness in the past. A new study further proves HIIT is a time efficient and effective way to exercise.

McMaster University in Ontario, Canada recently finished up a study involving middle-aged men and women, some of which have cardiovascular disease. The researchers found that utilizing a modified HIIT exercise program yielded astounding results.

The modified HIIT program consisted of performing short one-minute intervals of medium-to-high intensity pedaling on a stationary bike following by one-minute of light-to-moderate pedaling. This pattern was continued for a total of 20 minutes (10 intervals).

The results showed improved cardiovascular function in all participants. The study also proved that HIIT helps regulate blood sugar levels. Previous studies also document the fat loss benefits of interval training.

Wouldn’t high intensity exercise cause extreme heart stress in cardiovascular patients? Not necessarily. Maureen MacDonald, associate professor of kinesiology at McMaster, states “The hard work is short, so it’s tolerable”. She adds, “It appears that the heart is insulated from the intensity” of the intervals.

Despite these promising findings, you should still consult your doctor before trying HIIT, particularly if you have cardiovascular disease. In some cases, a more moderate exercise routine may be a better option.

Source: New York Time

One Response to More Promising Research about the Benefits of Interval Training
  1. Treating Scoliosis

    It’s difficult to work out at a high intensity for the whole time, but if it’s broken out into sections like this, it’s easier to do. It’s important to make the most out of your work out time and this is one way to do so.

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