Saturday, March 24, 2012

HIIT is a Hit

Teri and I don't have the kind of money it takes to go out and hire a personal trainer. No problem. We can serve that role for each other. Today while reading I discovered the concept of high intensity interval training, and thought it might be ideal for Teri. She operates on a tight schedule, what with work, cooking for her dad several nights a week and dealing with her high-maintenance husband.

While the federal government guidelines recommend that a person get 30 minutes of exercise five days a week, very few people seem able to fit that into their schedule. With HIIT, or high intensity interval training, you may get even more benefit through four 30-second bursts of indoor cycling. Seems crazy. But it is worth a try, for not only weight maintenance but to do battle with cholesterol. Teri tried it today. Her muscles and heart got a workout, and she recovered nicely.

HIIT doesn't replace going for walks, or doing other activity. But it gives a person another option for exercise. It's also an efficiency expert's dream. You get the most bang for your exercise buck.

I'm hoping Teri can do HIIT consistently, and perhaps add oyster mushrooms to the diet, up until the time she goes in for her annual physical to see what it might do for her cholesterol numbers. We want to control the cholesterol through nutrition and exercise and not by pills, and it is a battle we are in together for the long haul.

Whew! This personal trainer job is hard work. But it's worth the effort when your partner is healthy, happy and energized.

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