High intensity interval training, a.k.a. "HIIT," is regularly name-dropped by in-the-know athletes, but we're betting that the latest research surrounding this hardcore cardio exercise technique pushes it into the mainstream. There's a good reason: A new study suggests doing HIIT may add years to your life.
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Check out all the research behind HIIT’s health benefits, and see if it's worth trying yourself:
First Off, What The Heck Is "HIIT"?
HIIT, or high intensity interval training, is a technique that consists of short, intense exercise bursts intercut with short recovery periods. With countless iterations, this technique can jack up your heart rate and burn fat quickly.
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The HIIT Fountain-Of-Youth Study.
In addition to HIIT’s adrenaline-jacking, heart-rate raising, fat-burning benefits, new research shows that it can ease the aging process. The study, published in Cell Metabolism, looked at three groups of people: those exercising with resistance training, strength and cardio training, and HIIT training.
According to Shape, every exercise improved individual’s lean body mass, but only HIIT created improvements in aerobic capacity, and capacity for exercise shown by their muscles’ mitochondria. Aging typically makes mitochondria less efficient, making muscle-building more difficult. This study suggests that high intensity interval training reverses those aging effects, making your mitochondria better at building mass.
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So How Can I Enjoy These Benefits?
The group of HIIT trainers in the study consisted of participants ranging from 18-80 years-old, and each of them did cycling intervals three days per week, and walked on a treadmill two days per week.
There are tons of HIIT workouts out there for you to source, and as the study shows, it doesn’t really matter how old you are. So, if some high-intensity circuits sound exciting, try it! HIIT might just be the best way to rewrite your future.