High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has proven to be one of the most effective exercise programs for weight loss. But can it help the chiropractic patient as well?
What is HIIT?
HIIT is an exercise program that incorporates short bursts of intense exercise followed by slow exercise. Because it is so effective, people often see better results in a much shorter time. For example, twenty minutes of HIIT can produce greater fat loss and more cardio benefits than using a treadmill for forty-five minutes.
Does High Intensity Mean High Impact?
Just because the exercise is labeled high intensity, it does not mean that it is high impact. HIIT routines can include chair exercise for those who have weak or injured knees and ankles. Even though the person sits, they would still be working all the major muscle groups and receive the benefit of a good cardio workout.
How Does This Benefit the Chiropractic Patient?
HIIT benefits the chiropractic patient in many ways. First of all, it increases the oxygen and circulation in the body. Secondly, it develops a strong core. It also improves muscle tone and promotes fat loss. Correct posture is also emphasized to prevent injury and muscle strain. All of these things benefit the chiropractic patient by promoting good health and reducing pain.
Is HIIT Only for Aerobics?
No, it can easily be adapted to any exercise program. For example, if a person has a walking routine, they can incorporate high intensity intervals. They can start at a comfortable pace for 2 minutes then walk at a faster rate for 1 minute. They would then go back to a comfortable pace for 1 minute and increase again. This would triple the benefits they receive from the same walk for the same amount of time. This method would also work for swimming, biking or hiking. The key is to incorporate short bursts of high intensity into what they are already doing.
What About Weight Loss?
Excess weight puts a tremendous strain on the spine and joints. Weight loss is often recommended to reduce this strain and relieve pain. Losing weight can also reverse many underlying diseases such as metabolic syndrome, high cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Numerous studies have compared steady rate cardio to HIIT for weight loss. Canadian researchers at the Laval University concluded that after a 15 week study, the subjects who practiced high intensity interval exercise lost significantly more body fat than those who did cardio at a steady rate. So it is a powerful ally for any weight loss program.
High Intensity Interval Training is accessible to people of all fitness levels. As always, a person should check with their doctor or chiropractor before starting any exercise program. They can help you find an appropriate program for your present level of fitness. In a very short time, you will see great results from HIIT.