High-Intensity Training (HIT) is a new science-backed fitness regime which is based on solid scientific research. The best part? It's very quick. The benefits include weight loss, better aerobic fitness, and increased insulin sensitivity. This last one is a great way to stave off Type 2 diabetes as
it increases your ability to use the insulin you produce and saves your pancreas from exhaustion.
First a little background. Way, way background. With all the talk of Paleo dieting, Palaeolithic exercising is worth thinking about. How did we stay hunt ready and fighting fit back in the caveman day? It seems fairly unlikely that Ugg and his mates woke up every morning to run a few kilometres in the giant wombat infested forests and then went to the local cave hangout to lift rocks once a week. More likely large amounts of time were spent sitting around knocking rocks together, (we are all pretty good at this to be honest. Thanks computers!) and then a few times a week running like mad after a tasty looking lizard or away from a freakishly large bat.
Turns out, high-intensity activity followed by periods of rest and recovery is supported by science as an an excellent way to gain aerobic fitness and lose weight. Developed by Dr Jamie Timmons, Professor of Systems Biology at Loughborough University at the Centre for Olympic Studies and Research located in the UK, the system is deceptively simple and based on our hunter-gatherer roots.
What does this look like? Imagine your long-gone ancestor taking a walk across the tundra after a day of sitting around the fire chewing flavourless bark. He's motivated by hunger but he's well rested. Suddenly he spies a tasty looking rat-goat. A few minutes of intense focus as he sneaks up on it followed by an intense minute or so of rat-goat chasing. He catches it and starts walking back to share it with his family of shaggy haired pals. On the way he has to scramble up a rough, bushy hill, (pretty intense), take a running leap over a bubbling brook, (20 seconds of intensity), and outrun a hungry looking honey badger, (a very intense, but short burst of activity). He arrives home to triumphant grunting and backslapping all round. A big feast that night around the fire and then it's back to chewing bark for a few days.
Short bursts of moderate to high intensity exercise (20 seconds to a minute) are interspersed with rest and recovery, 2-3 times a week. Also, do as much as possible of your exercise outdoors, where you get exposed to sunlight, which gives your skin a chance to generate vitamin D.
If this sounds like something you could pull off during the holidays, without rat-goats and honey badgers, and then later on during your lunch breaks when you're back at work, then you're starting to get the idea. Hours of jogging and swimming may not be any more effective than short, intense bursts of activity just three times a week.
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Start the year well dressed, well prepared and well and truly fit.