Physiological benefits of exercise
You know that exercise is good for you
It increases your metabolism to speed up burning excess calories.
It improves all systems in your body including your cardiovascular system and heart.
And it gives you the chance to tone up those flabby abdominal muscles so your stomach looks flatter even when you still have a little belly fat to lose.
But how do you find the time for exercise?
Well, it just got easier.
HIT (HIIT) high intensity interval training
A new training system called HIT (HIIT) or high intensity interval training could give you all the benefits of about 5 hours of workouts in only 1 hour a week (Little, Jonathan et al, A practical model of low-volume high-intensity interval training induces mitochondrial biogenesis in human skeletal muscle: potential mechanisms, Journal of Physiology, March 2010).
Scientists asked volunteers to perform one minute sprints or high intensity bursts on a stationary exercise bike (95% maximum heart rate).
Each one minute burst was followed by a one minute rest period.
The volunteers performed 10 sprints with 10 rests for a total of 20 minutes.
These 20 minute workouts were done only 3 times a week, giving them 1 hour total on the bike per week.
Equal physiological results in less time
After 2 weeks (2 hours exercising), the muscular and cardiovascular improvements were the same as people doing moderately intensive bike exercises for 5 hours a week (10 hours exercising).
These studies confirm earlier research, giving all of us hope for healthier bodies free of belly fat.
And no more excuses.
Remember to always check with your health care practitioner before starting a new program.
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