Based on research from the Mayo clinic and Clinical Science, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is the overall winner for exercise that helps you stay younger beyond your years. Participants in the studies saw 49~69% increases in mitochondrial capacity, improved insulin sensitivity and reduced fat in their blood stream after meals.
Mitochondria are the powerhouses of your cells and convert macronutrients into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the chemical form of energy required for every system in your body. This seemingly simple process is essential for all biological functions. The longer you keep it efficient the better off you’ll be. Decline in this process over time is the key factor responsible for most age related physical declines. HIIT rejuvenates the mitochondrial processes in everybody and improves the decline in muscle mitochondria. This improves the performance of all processes and biological functions in the body.
HIIT participants saw an increase in insulin sensitivity which improves the body’s ability to store carbohydrates as muscle glycogen instead of fat. This provides the muscles with their preferred energy source and less fat storage, improving performance and body composition. As stated above, HIIT also reduced fat in the blood stream and less fat in your blood stream means less fat stored in other areas of your body which also improves body composition.
HIIT literally, keeps you younger and healthier longer! Now HIIT IT!
Here is an example of a HIIT workout that took about 18 minutes.
1 minute work, 30 seconds rest, 3 rounds
Row machine 250~300m
3-way Jumping Mountain Climber
Cross Crunch 30sec each side
Burpees 20 all the way down
Coach Tim Garrett