HIIT Good for Athletes and Patients

Leading public health organizations recommend that healthy adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, 75 minutes per week of intense exercise or a combination. High-intensity interval training (HIIT)— repeated bouts of high-intensity exercise plus rest— increases aerobic capacity, endurance, cell fuel levels, power output and cell mitochondria (cell energy centers) faster and greater than traditional training programs. A literature review by Koichiro Azuma and Hideo Matsumoto from Keio University in Japan concluded that HIIT is essential for athletes because it builds high levels of fitness quickly. HIIT is also appropriate for patients because it requires little time, and builds a combination of aerobic capacity and power output quickly and safely. (Keio Journal of Medicine, published online August 8, 2016)

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