Put down the anti-wrinkle cream and grab your sneakers! You already know exercising is good for you, but did you know that it can stop the aging process in its track! Read on to find out more about the fountain of youth which is just a high-intensity workout away.
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) describes any workout that alternates between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense activity or even complete rest. Examples include Tabata training and running as fast as you can for 1 minute, then walking for 2 minutes. This type of training brings your heart rate into the anaerobic zone (hard breathing and difficult to talk). Research shows that high-intensity exercise produces hormones that are key to slow down the aging process.
High-intensity exercise causes the body to release more hormones, such as human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin-like growth factor, which are responsible for increasing lean muscle mass and also have anti-aging benefits. HGH promotes muscle and effectively burns excessive fat. It also plays an important part in promoting overall health and longevity. While most forms of exercise are good for your body, high-intensity training seems to offer the biggest anti-aging benefit. The higher your levels of growth hormone, the healthier and stronger you will be.
Once you hit the age of 30, your levels of HGH begin to drop off rather dramatically. The decrease in HGH drives the aging process. Therefore, you want to maintain your HGH levels. The longer you can keep your body producing higher levels of HGH, the longer you will likely experience more robust health and strength.
While steady state cardio seems to encourage muscle loss, studies show that both weight training and High-Intensity workouts allow dieters to preserve their hard-earned muscles while ensuring most of the weight lost comes from fat stores. Not only do you burn more calories during a High-Intensity Workout, but the effect of all that intense exertion kicks your body’s repair cycle into hyperdrive. That means you burn more fat and calories in the 24 hours after a high-intensity workout than you do after a steady-pace run. You lose weight, not muscle.