It’s no secret that exercise is good for you, but did you know that working out plays an essential role in your heart’s health? High-intensity interval training (HIIT) has recently become a popular workout craze since it doesn’t require much time, and it’s effective. Our team at Integrative Cardiology Center of Long Island would like to share with you the potential benefits of HIIT cardio for your heart health.
What is HIIT?
High-intensity interval training is a method that helps build endurance and strengthens muscles while also delivering a heart-friendly cardio workout. This workout involves mixing bursts of high-intensity movements with periods of active rest. These bursts of exercise can last anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes, and they are followed by rest or gentle exercises for a similar time frame before repeating the exercise. HIIT workouts are efficient because they can be as short as 20 minutes. This makes it a convenient choice for those who have a hard time finding an opportunity to exercise. HIIT does not require special equipment or a gym membership, so you can do it just about anywhere at any time that best suits your lifestyle.
Benefits of HIIT
While any type of exercise is excellent for your body, HIIT can be among the best forms of exercise. HIIT has the potential to improve the heart health of people with good health, as well as those who suffer from cardiovascular conditions. Some of the heart health improvements we have seen from HIIT include:
- Improved heart health.
- Blood Pressure.
- Weight Loss.
- Improved Endurance.
- Glucose control.
- Body composition.
Another unique benefit of HIIT is that it is considered by some to be fun and enjoyable, unlike some cardio workouts. Like many other forms of exercise, speak with your cardiologist to determine if this training is suitable for you and your condition. For many people, lack of time is a common barrier for not meeting the recommended amount of exercise. HIIT is a quick and fun way of implementing activity into your routine.
Contact ICCLI Today
If you are curious about starting a HIIT program or have any questions regarding exercise and your heart health, contact our specialists at Integrative Cardiology Center of Long Island. We will run tests and monitor your current heart health, and help you figure out if HIIT is right for you.