High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) can help us in maximize weight loss results. But can it help the chiropractic patient as well?
What is HIIT?
HIIT is an exercise program that incorporates short bursts of intense exercise followed by slow exercise. For example, twenty minutes of HIIT can produce greater energy expenditure and more cardio benefits than using a treadmill for fourty-five minutes.
Just because the exercise is labeled high intensity, it does not mean that it is high impact. HIIT routines can include chair exercise for those who have weak or injured knees and ankles. Even though the person sits, they would still be working all the major muscle groups and receive the benefit of a good cardio workout.
How Does This Benefit the Chiropractic Patient?
HIIT benefits the chiropractic patient in many ways. First of all, it increases the oxygen and circulation in the body. Secondly, it develops a strong core. Correct posture is also emphasized to prevent injury and muscle strain. All of these things benefit the chiropractic patient by promoting good health and reducing pain.
Is HIIT Only for Aerobics?
No, it can easily be changed to any exercise program. For example, if a person has a walking (something commonly done), they can incorporate high intensity intervals. They can start at a comfortable pace for 2 minutes then walk at a faster rate for 1 minute. They would then go back to a comfortable pace for 1 minute and increase again. This would triple the benefits they receive from the same walk for the same amount of time. This method would also work for swimming, biking or hiking. The key is to incorporate short bursts of high intensity into what they are already doing.
What About Weight Loss?
Excess weight puts a huge strain on the spine and joints. Weight loss is often recommended to reduce this strain and relieve pain. Losing weight can also reverse many underlying diseases such as metabolic syndrome, high cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
The exact mechanisms behind HIIT’s superiority aren’t fully understood yet, but scientists have isolated quite a few of the factors:
- Increased resting metabolic rate for upward of 24 hours after exercise.
- Improved insulin sensitivity in the muscles.
- Higher levels of fat oxidation in the muscles.
- Significant spikes in growth hormone levels (which aid in fat loss) and catecholamine levels (which are chemicals your body produces to mobilize fat stores for burning).
- Post-exercise appetite suppression.
- And more…
The science is clear: if your goal is to burn as much fat in as little time as possible, then HIIT is the way to go.
High Intensity Interval Training is accessible to people of all fitness levels. As always, a person should check with their doctor or chiropractor before starting any exercise program. They can help you find the right program for your present level of fitness. In a very short time, you will see great results from HIIT.
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