Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Not all training is created equal.

2 years ago, researchers in Norway showed that incorporating High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T) into recovering heart attack victims training programs showed an increased maximal oxygen uptake and faster recover times.

The improvements, gained over a 12 week program of H.I.I.T, were shown to be maintained for up to 2.5 years after the training.

Earlier this year, the same Norwegian researchers showed that utilizing H.I.I.T, as opposed to continuous cardiovascular training, better reduced high blood pressure in hypertensive individuals.

Obviously this type of H.I.I.T requires guidance by a trained professional and should be approached with caution, but the benefits to those suffering from high blood pressure and recovering from heart attack, might well make the hard effort required of the intervals worth while.

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