High intensity interval training is cardio training in which you alternate short, intense intervals with longer, slow intervals for recovery. The ratio is usually 2:1. An example of this would be running as fast as you can for one minute, then walking for two. Do this five times and you will have a heart healthy, 15-minute workout.
In a study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, researchers concluded that a 6-week program of both moderate and heavy intensity interval training reduced carotid arterial stiffness and improved heart rate dynamics in both groups.
The benefits don’t stop there . . .HIIT also helps you lose weight, gain muscle and increase your metabolism. Interval training takes less time than the traditional workout and does not require equipment.
BONUS: NO EQUPMENT = LESS $$ SPENT
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If you have hypertension and/or arterial stiffness, talk to your doctor before you start any exercise program.