interval_trainingExercising is an integral part of any healthy life, but high intensity interval training (HIIT) can be an integral part of your heart’s healthy life.

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.


For workouts, suggestions and more information visit our Interval Training board on Pinterest.

If you have hypertension and/or arterial stiffness, talk to your doctor before you start any exercise program.


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