High-intensity interval training (HIIT)

Is involves repeated short sessions, from 6 seconds to 4 minutes, with rests from 30 seconds to 4 minutes in between.

Any type of high-intensity interval training, irrespective of the number of repetitions, boosts fitness rapidly, and improves cardiovascular health and fitness.

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Incidental physical activities

Are physical activities undertaken as part of carrying out normal daily chores. 

Brief sessions of 20 seconds of stair-climbing (60 steps) repeated 3 times a day on 3 days per week over 6 weeks for example can lead to measurable improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness. 

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  • Replace short car trips with fast walking, or cycling;
  • Walk up the stairs at a fast pace instead of using the elevator;
  • Vigorous walk at a pace of about 130-140 steps per minute;
  • Look for opportunities to walk uphill;
  • Take your dog to an off-leash area and jog for 30-90 seconds alongside the pup.

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HIIT: high-intensity interval training

HIIT workouts generally combine short bursts of intense heart-pounding exercise (during which a person’s heart rate reaches at least 80 percent of its maximum capacity, usually for 1 to 5 minutes) with periods of rest or lower-intensity exercise.

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Why HIIT gained popularity
  • HIIT( high-intensity interval training) promises to improve overall health and fitness and it can also be done in a short amount of time.
  • It requires you to work hard for short periods of 30-45 seconds, infused with recovery periods of 5 minutes, repeated approximately 2-4 times.
  • It can even be done by people of all ages and by those with chronic health conditions, like diabetes.

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Low-intensity interval training can be as effective as HIIT – but only if you spend more time working out

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Mental Health on the Rise

Mental health issues are on the rise globally, due to a complex life that has us pursue perfection in every aspect of our lives.

Cases of chronic depression and anxiety are normally treated using antidepressants and therapy, but they may have a limited effect.

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