No, exercise is not all the same, and no, not everyone should do it.
Let me clarify. I break down the different types of movement/exercise as follows:
- Recreational activity, daily life movement
- Stress relief cardio....walking, yoga, thai chi, gardening, etc
- Traditional Cardio....think jogging, classes, aerobics
- Intensity training:
- Weight lifting. Heavy weights (3-8 reps) in a short duration(25-40 minutes)
- Interval training: Burst, Peak, High Intensity IntervalTraining
Today I am going to highlight HIIT.
Crazy shifts in energy, fat loss, muscle gains and more....
Doing high intensity trainings or what we call Metabolic Trainings can actually increase the amount of glycogen (sugar energy stores) you can hold in your muscles and liver by 2,000 to 4,000%!!!!!
When you have more capacity to store sugar for fast energy as in glycogen, and you use metabolic training, you will have less circulating sugar in the blood stream, less insulin, and consequently less stored as fat and improved health.
And you grow new energy machines (mitochondria) in your cells and drive the ones that you have to be more efficient. A fit person using HIIT can actually develop 10 TIMES as many mitochondria as a sedentary one.....that is up to 45,000 more energy factories in EACH cell!!!
Can you say BOUNDLESS energy???? I can!
During this process you can impact insulin resistance, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, cancer, fat gain and build muscle, detox, clear your mind, build feel good hormones and neurotransmitters and extend your life as you improve your quality of life.
Give it a try, your cells and brain as well as your waistline will thank you!!!!
NOTE: in my programs I do not start people on new exercise routines. I want people to continue what ever they are currently doing and add in leisurely walks. Specifically, five to eight light walks, outside if possible, no sunglasses, no headphones, no hands in pockets. Aim for doing this 5-8 times a day.
If people are doing nothing, this is where they start. Many will stay here for a few months....yes months. We test to see. As they make the other changes I outline in our lifestyle programs and they start to see improvements like weight loss, improved sleep, better energy, less monthly hormone issues, mental clarity, then we start to bring in a ramp up of more exercise accordingly.
Jumping right into a HIIT program can backfire, many people feel bad or do it well and don't see any change after a month or two.....these are not good signs and means other things need to be addressed first and then in time when you get back at the exercise it will take off!
Remember, we can do better!
Let me know how it goes.
Dr. Don Clum
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