High Intensity Interval Training Slows Aging

Exciting news for HIIT fans came out this week.  If you have ever done high intensity interval training (HIIT) you have known it in your bones: HITT delivers the best bang for your time. New research published this week in Cell Metabolism reveals it actually slows aging. In addition to making cells more responsive to insulin, i.e. decreasing the chances of diabetes, making you look fabulous with highly toned muscles, it is the best way to exercise if you want to slow down the aging process!

HIIT-High Intensity Interval Training involves a series of short, intense workouts interspersed with short pauses all rolled up into one exercise session.

For newbies, High Intensity Interval Training involves a series of short, intense workouts, with short pauses all rolled up into an exercise session. For example, sprinting up a long flight of stairs, pausing for a minute, then doing a set of squats, resting for a few seconds, then doing a set of jumping jacks. There are lots of gyms, and exercise studios using the concept with great results: Crossfit was founded on this principle. Newer exercise studios like Orange Theory Fitness have adopted and adapted 1 hour workout sessions using the HIIT principle. You don’t have to join a gym though to practice HIIT, all you need is a pair of sneakers. You can find exercise routines for free on apps like codyapp.com or make your own circuit if you have a little more experience.

HIIT is a great way for everyone, from couch potato to elite athletes, regardless of experience, body composition, fitness level to exercise. Beginners choose a level of difficulty, but quickly advance as they build and tone. Intermediate and elite athletes can always find greater challenges to push through.