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Apr 23, 2020

High intensity exercise is kind of like wine.

Let me explain, the occasional glass of wine isn't bad for you and could provide health benefits. However, drinking too much wine it could definitely be bad for your health. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is the same way; some HIIT could be good for you and deliver many health benefits, but doing too much HIIT could cause an overuse injury or lead to overtraining syndrome.

If you're an avid exercise enthusiast or hardcore fitness junkie going nuts because you can't do your favorite workouts in the gym and you're worried about losing your fitness level or falling out of shape, don't worry! Doing less than 10 minutes of HIIT could improve your overall fitness while helping you to maintain a healthy bodyweight and other significant health benefits. Side note: doing few minutes of HIIT will NOT help manage a healthy weight if you spend the rest of the day binging on demand TV while eating sugary snacks, you're going to have to step away from the couch, put down the junk food and get ready to sweat! 

Dr. Martin Gibala is the Chair of the Kinesiology Department at McMaster University in Canada and one of the top researchers on High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Dr. Gibala wrote the book, 1 Minute Workout based on his extensive study of HIIT and joins All About Fitness to share how doing just a little high intensity exercise can deliver numerous benefits. Dr. Gibala talks about practical HIIT solutions that you can easily do while sheltering in place to help flatten the curve. If you're looking for excellent, research-based options for how to maintain your fitness from the safety of your home, you will definitely learn a LOT from this conversation. 

Learn more about HIIT, take Dr. Gibala's open source class on Hacking Exercise for Health by following THIS LINK 

Pick up a copy of Dr. Gibala's book: The 1 Minute Workout


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