Alright you fellow middle aged people, it is time to set the record straight. Long casual walks are beneficial for the mind and soul, but for the heart and your overall health, they really don’t do that much. Yes, much better than sitting on the couch, but if you are wanting to ensure a strong body and heart, you MUST learn to push your cardiovascular and muscular system past their normal levels of function. This is HIIT is so beneficial for not just middle age, but everyone. Especially though for the middle age!
HIIT stands for high intensity interval training. HIIT has been scientifically proven to help with the following:
- blood pressure
- cholesterol levels
- insulin sensitivity
- decreased abdominal fat
- increase lean muscle tissue
The best part of it, you really don’t need any fancy exercise equipment to complete. You can incorporate right into your walking/running program or if you become a member of 21 Reinvent, week 3 is devoted to HIIT and all you need are some light (very light) pair of dumbbells.
I have attached a great article from the American Council of Sports Medicine on why HIIT is beneficial and how to incorporate it into your daily life.