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Fitness: It’s All-Good

May 21, 2016
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If you are into trends in fitness, this article is for you. Experts are touting a new program called high-intensity interval training (HIIT). It consists of workouts that push the body close to its exercise limits for very brief periods. Then there are intervals of rest.

HIIT calls for 30 to 60 seconds of exercise near the peak of a person’s ability. This is followed by a brief recovery period of easy activity. It is done for 20 minutes three times a week.

It is said to be better than regular aerobic activities. It may be the right thing for people with chronic health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, pulmonary disease, arthritis and Parkinson’s disease. These folks are most likely to engage in modest activity or none at all.

Routines of 20 or more minutes are typical for walkers, joggers, and cyclists.

Many people like this kind of interval training. It is a good bet that more will begin to do it. Experts say you should check with a health professional before you start this routine.

What is the best time to do it? Another study says you should exercise on an empty stomach. It is easier to burn fat when you are in a fasting state. This program may not help you lose weight, but it will help you keep your weight down.

If you want more advice, experts say a great thing to do is take a lunch hour walk. It is said to reduce stress and clear your head. It will make you feel better, calmer, alert and happy. Take the lunch hour walk three times a week.

If you take all the advice that is offered, you should be happy and healthy.

Source: The New York Times January 26, 2015

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