So you are getting older and the thought of doing more exercise (or harder) and eating less to fight the effects of aging is not appealing to you, I get it.
Changes in our lifestyle over the years are pretty common but you don’t have to fall victim to the aging process. There are many things within your control, like HIIT for example, if it suits your body type. As we know we are all individuals and whilst high intensity training can be great for some body types it may not suit all.
Generally speaking, naturally athletic and agile individuals respond very well to HIIT, it is part of their DNA and can be a great way to get results without doing long extended bouts of exercise.
What is HIIT?
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a form of exercise with short periods of intense exercise and less intense periods of work or recovery. This cardiovascular training typically lasts from 4 – 30 minutes.
What are the benefits of HIIT?
These short, intense workouts can improve athletic capacity and aerobic conditioning as well as glucose metabolism, which is very beneficial as we get older.
Aside from increasing fitness and raising the threshold level at which the body can operate aerobically, one of the primary benefits of HIIT relates to afterburn that we get following the intense bout of training. This is commonly referred to as EPOC or excess post exercise oxygen consumption.
What is EPOC?
EPOC is used to describe the increase in oxygen intake following the activity that is needed to replenish the body’s oxygen deficit. It is the body’s way of returning to a resting state and adapting to the exercise that was performed. During this recovery phase, the body works to re-balance hormones, repair muscles and refuel energy stores, all of which are advantageous as we age.
HIIT also increases the body’s temperature which helps to increase metabolism. An increased metabolism burns more fuel, mostly coming from fat, which helps to improve the body composition (the relative amounts of body fat, muscle, water and other tissues that we have). In simple terms, this “after burn” effect keeps the body burning calories, and breaking down fat, long after the workout is over, another useful benefit to help combat unwanted body fat, commonly seen as we get older.
Even when life is busy you can reap the benefits of exercise without having to spend long hours doing cardio. Short and sharp interval training is a great way to stay ahead of your advancing age.
Yes, it can be a little challenging but it is so good for our body and it is over quickly!
Not a fan of HIIT?
Not all bodies enjoy or respond well to HIIT and that is fine too. Maybe slow steady cardio IS more your thing or strength training gives you better results. The beautiful part of being a personalised health coach means that we can find a style of exercise that suits your body more effectively and will still give you great results. Get in touch with me to find out how.