We are constantly looking for new ways to stay ‘forever young’ and in this beauty driven world, its hard to know where to start, and where to stop. Some of us are choosing the instant gratification route of plastic surgery, some are trying every juice detox plan out there and other just don’t care enough to take it seriously. Although keeping yourself vibrant and full of life IS serious, things don’t have to be so complicated in your route to becoming a healthier you.
By anti-aging, I am referring to the total rejuvenation of healthy cells, proper blood circulation, strong bones and overall energy! Of course the reflection in the mirror will be much, much more appealing because well, this is a workout!
High intensity interval training (HIIT) is a form of exercise that consists of short bursts of super intense movements followed by an even shorter recovery period.
Think of sprinting; An all out speed run to the last line of the basketball court, then a slow pant-ful jog back, over and over again. Although gruesome at first, the rewards are far beyond anything you’ve experienced in your health journey.
Due to the extreme stimulation of every single muscle in the body, results are FAST. You may even begin notice your six-pack peeking through after the first 20 minute session. Thats right, 20 minutes is all your need to get your mind and body revving into action. Imagine the gas tank of a car, keeping your speed a consistent plateau will save you the most gas. Great tactic for environmental pollution, but not for our bodies. Pushing the pedal to the metal will eat away any impurity your body may hold (aka fats and toxins).
Possibly the most beneficial attribute of HIIT is the enormous amount of the Human Growth Hormone (HGH) it releases throughout our body. Taken artificially by loads of A-list celebrities, this hormone that starts in the pituitary gland, fires up cell reproduction and growth, everywhere.
It increases the retention of calcium, meaning stronger bones, it increases muscle mass, triggers the growth of all internal organs, including the brain, and strengthens the immune system. Also, for glucose sensitive people such as diabetics, the secretion of HGH reduces the liver uptake of glucose.
Growing children are full of this hormone, but like everything else, begins to deplete with every year and is pretty much dormant past our 40’s.
It truly is a no brainer, so if you can push yourself to try this tactic at least once, you’ll understand what potential it can bring to your life. Take control!