Just as working out at a specific time can make a big difference to the end result, we’ve now discovered that doing high intensity interval training (HIIT) exercises, before you indulge in fatty foods is beneficial too. Studies suggest that this one modification can drastically reduce the risk of multiple lifestyle diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
The workout involves low- to moderate-intensity exercises alternated with high intensity ones for a quick burn in little time. With small bursts of recovery in an otherwise fast-paced workout, your metabolic rate stays up even after you leave the gym.
Key Factors Of The Study
The study was conducted at University of Exeter and compared the effects of moderate-intensity exercise with HIIT in adolescents. The results concluded that 25 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise before a fatty meal lowered the risk of poor functioning of blood vessels. However, eight minutes of HIIT worked not only as a preventive measure, but also improved the functioning of blood vessels in adolescents.
Who would’ve guessed that HIIT, followed up by a fatty milkshake was a winning recipe? Make note, a typical HIIT session may involve running for 10 minutes (in 5 sets), jump squats for four minutes (in 2 sets), followed by 20 minutes of rowing (in 10 sets); this workout program ain’t for the faint-hearted.