Fighting Fit in Three Minutes Flat with High Intensity Interval Training (HIT)Posted on April 22nd, 2012
Whether they incite joy or dread, squats, burpees, sprints, lunges, and push-ups are guaranteed to get your heart pumping. But did you know that by doing short bursts of intense training for as little as three minutes per week, you get a better fitness faster?
According to the latest scientific research, high intensity exercise gives us greater metabolic benefits. Firstly, by improving insulin sensitivity by up to 24%. Insulin regulates the sugar in our blood. Without insulin, we become diabetic. And secondly, by improving our aerobic fitness – increasing the intake of oxygen to the blood.
The BBC’s Horizon programme, The Truth About Exercise, showed that by doing high intensity interval workouts (HIT) over 20 to 30 second periods, with rests in between, uses 80% of the body’s muscle tissue rather than a mild jog or cycle, which only uses 20-40%. High intensity exercise breaks down the glucose stored in muscles by overloading them, therefore creating new space for excess sugar from the blood. This is ground breaking news for Type 2 Diabetics.
We noticed similar benefits using our Shadow Boxer resistance belt and a series of squat jumps for ten minutes, once a week, for four weeks – why not give it a try?