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Posted on 06-15-2015

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is becoming very popular as a means to bring out the best in your body.  The reason for the popularity of this workout is that it’s effective when applied properly.   A good HIIT training should target:  strength, endurance, coordination, balance, flexibility, speed and power.  The exercises usually include:  pushing, pulling, bending, rotating, running and other bodily movements. 

The result of a proper HIIT training is improved strength and cardiovascular capacity, as well good fat-burning outcome.  However, the most important aspect a proper workout routine is that it should always be done in an injury-free environment.  After all, all the best workout ideas in the world would be useless if you can’t perform them because of some nagging injury.

If you’re a swimmer, you can safely start HIIT training in the pool by implementing this:  30 seconds intense swim with maximum exertion, followed by 30 seconds rest; which can be repeated for as long as 10-20 minutes.  The time interval can be changed and varied for maximal effect.   This type of exercise can be done with an elliptical machine, a rowing machine, a treadmill or simply a skipping rope.   For variation, you can also include exercises like burpees, pull-ups, lunges among others.  

The benefit of exercise and HIIT training in particular is improved strength, improved hormone profile, balanced sugar, decreased fat, decreased high blood pressure and heightened energy.

Before you start any workout routines, please be sure to check with your chiropractor or your health care professional to determine whether HIIT training is appropriate for you.

Dr. Suharto Ongko, a chiropractor in Mississauga, has been serving the Streetsville-Mississauga area for over 16 years.  If you would like to speak with Dr. Ongko, please call the Active Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre  at 905-821-4951.  

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