Exericise is Positive Stress
The majority of the people in our world today don’t want stress. Anything that has the potential to cause additional stress in our lives, we tend to avoid. Yes, stress can be overwhelming and uncomfortable. If there is too much stress in our lives - it will lead to many problems in our body. A key point to realize is that stress isn’t always bad. Stress can be helpful in making us stronger and more resilient. Stress helps test the body’s limit. The good stress is necessary so you can handle more stress without feeling stressed out. A good example of positive stress would be exercise.
Exercise is widely accepted to be one of the best things that you can do for your health. Even the ancient Greeks used to say, “motion is life.” Life without motion is impossible. We need to move to feel alive. We need to exercise. Like anything in life, there are different approaches to exercising - from doing stretches to running triathlons.
Longer is not better
Traditionally, most people that exercise equate longer workouts with effective workouts. However, longer workouts typically mean low-intensity muscle contractions and extended rest periods. Longer training and “chronic cardio” are often ineffective and counterproductive because they chronically raise cortisol, raise inflammation, and raise your risk for heart disease. As one great scientist once said, “Life in its essence is vibration.”
High Intensity Interval Training
Today, I would like to share with you a cutting-edge tool that will help you get the best results in the least amount of time. It’s called High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). HIIT is a revolutionary approach to exercise used by a large amount of Olympic athletes, and it is quickly gaining popularity with the general public. The main concept of HIIT is varying intervals of high intensity exercises with lower intensity exercises. This principle can be applied to a wide array of exercises. Whether you enjoy biking, running, or body-weight exercises, you can use the HIIT principle to take your workouts to the next level. A good example of how this would work is running. Most people run or jog at a long, steady pace. During an HIIT workout, the person would sprint as hard as they can for 30 seconds to a minute (high intensity). Then, they would have a period of low intensity - usually for 30 seconds to a minute. Most HIIT workouts are done anywhere between 10 and 15 minutes. One of the most beautiful things about HIIT is that it eliminates the issue of time. One of the greatest obstacles to consistency in exercising is the lack of time. Due to the fact that the HIIT workout takes a short period of time (10-15 minutes), this allows us to save time. No major time commitments eliminates the “no-time” excuse.
HIIT + Hormones
HIIT workouts are one of the precious gems of health care because they are extremely efficient at helping us burn fat and build muscle. This kind of training boosts our metabolism and elevates hormones that allow us to have a lean, toned body. During HIIT, we release Human Growth Hormone and Testosterone - two of the most powerful fat-burning hormones found in humans. In the next 24-36 hours postworkout, these two hormones will continue to stay elevated. This means that we continue benefiting even after we are done with our HIIT training.
HIIT for Heart Health
High Intensity Interval Training also boosts our cardiovascular health. During the period of high intensity, we push our heart rate high, which strengthens our heart. The low intensity intervals are short, which trains our body to recover quickly and efficiently. This is a critical concept that will help build endurance over time. HIIT also creates something called Excess Post Oxygen Consumption (EPOC). During a period of high intensity exercise, our bodies require more oxygen. This “oxygen debt” causes our body to raise its metabolism rate. HIIT training causes your body to take longer to return to a state of rest, which means that we are still in a fat burning state even after our workout has ended. A good example of how this would work is an engine. Even after we have arrived to our destination, the engine still stays warm for several more minutes. An engine that was revved higher will stay warmer longer. The same concept applies to exercise. The higher the intensity we have in our workouts, the longer we will benefit from the “afterburn.” Overall, High Intensity Interval Training is the most efficient way to exercise. Not only does it save us time, but it also does wonders to our hormones. HIIT tunes our hormones to help our body become a fat-burning and muscle-building machine.