I was reading a blog post about HIIT on Steve H. Graham’s website yesterday when I remembered that Andrew Marr had a stroke whilst doing it (HIIT).
HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval training. The general idea is that instead of exercising for long periods at low intensity, you do intervals of twenty seconds or thereabouts at maximum effort.
The main benefit is that you don’t have to train for so long each time, yet you get all the benefits (And more) of prolonged aerobic exercise:
- You burn more calories overall
- Lowered blood pressure
- Increased mitochondria count (Not sure what this does but it sounds like it should be good.)
- Increased endurance
- Increased telomerase, which protects telomeres
- Increased production of human growth hormone
A recumbent exercise bike is ideal for HIIT. Fortunately I have one. I just haven’t figured how to use it yet.
Anyway, I plan on starting an HIIT programme soon. I hope to see the benefits quickly, particularly the increased sense of wellbeing that comes with regular exercise. I also hope to lose a bit of weight and not die of an electrical cardiac malfunction. I’ll let you know how I get on.