Los Angeles, CA – 3/10/2014—
High-intensityinterval training has been popularized in the fitness world, and for goodreason. It’s a fantastic workout thatcan provide all over training in a short amount of time. But as fitness trends come and go, they oftencome with misconceptions and myths. Hereare a few that we often hear regarding HIIT training and the truth behindthem.
HIIT hasbeen touted as a workout that everyone can do. While the classes are open to all, and accommodations can be made fordifferent physical levels, the program isn’t something to just jump into. It’s better to start with a low-intensityaerobic workout when just beginning, then slowly work-up to a full HIITsession.
Manyworkout trends are often advertised as a “catch-all” way to lose weight andstay fit. A well designed fitnessprogram will work both aerobic endurance and physical strength, but many don’trealize the importance of muscle in the fat-loss process. Basically, the more muscle tissue a personhas, the more calories they will burn throughout the day – whether active orinactive. This is why HIIT type programscan be important, but they are not the only type of workout we need to improvefitness levels and lose weight.
Anothercommon misconception with HIIT programs, and many other workouts, is that moreequals better. While pushing the body isimportant to improve strength, giving the body plenty of time to rest andrecover is just as important. Threetimes a week of high intensity activity will provide results and give a persontime to rest and recover as well.
The basicrules of physical exercise are this: find what works best for eachindividual. Many benefit from HIIT typeof programs, other bodies benefit from steady state cardio, but both exerciseforms have benefits and drawbacks. Movement, moderation, and awareness of nutritional habits are what istruly important when we work towards improving health and fitness overall.
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