Want to Get Fit? Try HIIT Training

Posted in Fitness by Benham Brothers | October 8th, 2013

My brother and I have been exercising since we were young boys. This part of our lives has simply ingrained itself to become part of our DNA. In addition to exercise, we try our best to eat as healthy as possible. Of course, we’re not immune to the lure of fresh baked apple pie or the temptation of chocolate chip ice cream, but we strive for maximum health in both outflow (exercise) and inflow (diet).

Our favorite form of exercise is High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). This takes the boring out of our workouts and replaces it with exhilarating!  Scientific studies have shown that HIIT training is much better for your overall health than traditional low intensity cardio training.

Dr. Mercola, one of our favorite health/fitness doctors, shows some of the HIIT training research on his blog:

“Research presented at the Integrative Biology of Exercise VI meeting in Colorado in 2012 demonstrated that high-intensity interval training burns more calories in less time – a mere 2.5 minutes, divided into five 30-second sprint intervals at maximum exertion, each followed by four minutes of light pedaling to recuperate, can burn as much as 220 calories. All in all, in less than 25 minutes total, you can burn more calories than you would if you were cycling at a moderate pace for half an hour.”

According to lead researcher, exercise physiology graduate student Kyle Sevits:

“There are additional benefits that come from interval training, including increased insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance, both of which are important for overall good health.

HIIT training has also been shown to produce greater health benefits overall than conventional aerobic training. Back in April, 2012, I reported on a study that found doing just three minutes of high-intensity training per week for four weeks, could lead to significant changes in important health indices, including a 24 percent improvement in insulin sensitivity.

Another important benefit of high-intensity interval training is its ability to naturally increase your body’s production of human growth hormone (HGH), also known as “the fitness hormone.” HGH is a synergistic, foundational biochemical underpinning that promotes muscle and effectively burns excessive fat. It also plays an important part in promoting overall health and longevity. This is something you cannot get from conventional, aerobic endurance training.”

 TODAY’S CHALLENGE:  Toss in the towel on long, boring treadmill runs and replace it with High Intensity Interval Training. The dudes in the gym will follow your lead…trust me!