Joel Freeman's recent new LIFFT 4 is just that HIIT. It has become one of the top programs for fitness enthusiasts. Is LIIFT 4 ~ HIIT, for Older Woman OK to do?
HIIT is a big, well, “hit” with young athletes looking to maximize their cardio benefits and test their limits…but what about HIIT for older women, and men?
You may not know this, but you should definitely be doing HIIT, a.k.a. high-intensity interval training, no matter your age. There are so many HIIT benefits, including slower aging, that I’m pretty sure I’m about to blow your mind:
Just one minute of getting your heart rate up to 70% of the max (which HIIT does) is just as beneficial for your body as 45 minutes of cardio! In fact, this study followed people who did one minute of HIIT (in this case, sprints) as part of a 10-minute exercise, versus people who did 50 minutes of regular exercise, with no HIIT. The study followed their progress for 12 weeks. At the end, both groups were of course way healthier. Both group's max oxygen consumption went up by almost 20%! What does that mean? The higher your max oxygen uptake is, the more oxygen gets transported to the tissues in your body, which of course improves your aerobic abilities and cardiovascular health. So, again, no matter how you do cardio, it’s really healthy, but doing HIIT means takes up way less time and overall energy.
OK, so, now we get to the best part of all, our question from earlier: what about LIIFT 4 ~ HIIT for older women and men?
You may have been scared off a little bit by the idea of doing a more intense workout, and may not be capable of periods of all-out exercise. (And it might be dangerous for you to try, so please consult your doctor before starting any training, and, obviously, if you experience dizziness or pain during a workout, stop.)
Know what? That’s TOTALLY FINE because you can still get all the HIIT benefits!
One example of HIIT is sprinting for one minute, in a 10-minute walk. But that may not be a possible part of a routine for HIIT for older women. Again, that’s OK, because there are HIIT exercises with less exertion/strain.
Swimming is a good example:
Can’t swim or get to the pool? You’re in luck! This same exact easy-to-remember pattern applies to running and cycling too.
(Or any other exercise where you can repeat a difficult, fast move for 20 seconds…then cool down…then speed up again…etc.LIIFT 4 by Joel Freeman, or lifting light dumbbells above your head as fast as you can, are good ways to get in some HIIT!)
I want to reiterate: HIIT is really good for you, but listening to your body is even better. HIIT for older women is a good idea only if your doctor says it’s OK, and if you know your body’s limits without going too far and hurting yourself. As great as HIIT is, beyond the cell + oxygen bonuses, it doesn’t do anything that can’t be accomplished with regular cardio and a healthy balanced diet, which is definitely WAY more important.
Anyway, happy exercising — whatever your routine is, do it with a smile!
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