High Intensity Interval Training.

Millions of Americans don’t engage in that much moderate exercise….

Asked why?

“I don’t have time.”

What is High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)?

  • Short intense period of exercise, followed by rest
  • Instead of continuous moderate-intensity exercise for 20-30 minutes, as is typical for walkers, joggers and cyclists, HIIT involves 30 to 60 seconds of high-intensity exercise near peak heart rate, followed by a period of recovery.

Better than standard “cardio”?

High-intensity exercise may be better than regular aerobic activities for many patients with conditions like heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, joint problems and other musculoskeletal issues.

  • More demanding, but more efficient form of exercise
  • Now being studied as a treatment that is sometimes as effective as medication for many people with chronic health problems
  • Interval training is more effective at enhancing the patients’ physical fitness and reducing body fat relative to lean muscle tissue

How can you implement HIIT?

  • Various activities can be adapted to interval training, including cycling, swimming, walking and jogging, especially on a machine like a stationary bike or treadmill.
  • Take the stairs everyday
  • Rapidly pedaling a stationary bike
  • Run uphill on a treadmill

Is HIIT for everyone?

  • Lower blood glucose level in patients with diabetes
  • Safe and tolerated by patients with coronary artery disease and heart failure
  • Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can do HIIT for periods with less shortness of breath
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease


  • Efficient
  • Burn More Fat
  • Healthier Heart
  • Lose Weight, not Muscle
  • Increase Metabolism

Bottom Line

  • If you have time for 30 minute, endurance exercise, keep it up!
  • Interval training has been an integral part of training programs for many years
  • The incorporation of interval training into a general conditioning program will optimize the development of cardiorespiratory fitness as well as numerous other health benefits

Give HIIT a try!


Please consult with you doctor before engaging in any new rigorous workout programs


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