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Why Short Duration, High intensity Exercises are Better than Long Duration Workouts

Every human being needs some form of physical activity on a regular basis in order to stay healthy. Eliminating physical activity can be very detrimental to the health of any individual, including children and older adults.

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No matter what age, background or geographical location, the most important thing in a person’s life is their physical health.  Getting healthy and staying healthy includes several activities that must be done on a consistent basis.  These include eating healthy, balanced meals and regular exercise.  However, millions of people dedicate time, energy and expense to regular exercise routines but see little or no real weight loss within a reasonable time.  Many people get frustrated or discouraged and decrease or stop exercising all together.
Exercise is also the catalyst to burning calories to lose weight. It is common knowledge that maintaining an optimal weight results in better overall health and increase in confidence and self image.  Even for people who are not overweight, having a safe and effective exercise plan will increase the chances they will continue to exercise regularly. 
While any form of exercise is better than none at all, there is a way to increase its effectiveness for those who are trying to lose weight. In most cases the issue is the type of exercise which results in slow or no results.  Years of research has shown that short duration high intensity interval training (HITT) is much more effective for losing weight than exercising for longer periods of time because it burns more calories. Not only does this type of exercise burn off calories faster, research has shown it also provides improvement in cardiovascular function even in rapid workouts as short as 30 seconds.
This type of exercise combines high intensity exercise followed by a recovery phase in one workout. It is popular for its effectiveness in addition to the time it saves for people who are too busy for long workouts several times a week.  
Benefits of High Intensity Short Duration Exercise:
  • HGH release is proportional to intensity of exercise
  • Fat is burned in greater amounts after high intensity exercise due to HGH release
  • Beta endorphin levels increase
  • Increases growth of all muscle fibers and slows down muscle wasting associated with aging
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces body fat
  • Elevates bone mass
  • Prevents brain deterioration
  • Improves learning
  • Slows or reverses the effects of aging
  • Decreases total LDL cholesterol
  • Increases HDL cholesterol
  • Raises energy level
  • Improves heart function
  • Enhances and balances hormone levels
  • Aids sleep
  • Increases stress tolerance
  • Eliminates toxins
  • Reduces depression
  • Controls or prevents diabetes
  • Decreases risk of injury
  • Protects against falls- number 1 cause of death in the elderly
  • Speeds up metabolism
Before starting this or any other workout routine smokers and people who have never exercised and those over 40 years of age should consult a doctor.  

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