As you may be aware, there are many different ways to exercise.
And it can be a bit of a minefield knowing which type to do for the best!
Over the past few years the fitness trend has been all about the HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training).
It’s good, and it works. Many people have had fantastic results from this type of training. And I’m certainly not poo pooing it at all! I use it in sessions with my clients and as part of my own training.
It serves many purposes. It can often mean you can pack a lot in to a short time, making it very time effective. Great for when you’ve only got half an hour to cram a session in!
It raises your heart rate.
You feel like you’ve had a great workout.
It gives a great caloric afterburm called Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC). This means that for a few hours after your training session, you are still burning a higher rate of calories.
These are just a few reasons why it can benefit you, and why it’s become so popular.
But something I realised the other day was that Low Intensity Training (LIT) is also just as beneficial.
I haven’t specifically aimed to do any LIT, I’ve actually just been walking the dog! A daily task that needs doing, I have a 6 month old Beagle, and I certainly know about it if I haven’t walked her!
And, I hadn’t really thought much of it until I decided to go for a run the other day. I haven’t ran in a while so was expecting to find it hard. I usally find running quite hard anyway as cardio really isn’t my bag, but it was much easier than I expected, and I did more than I thought I would.
Didn’t think much of it at the time, and it wasn’t until my second run that I realised that the most likely reason that I’ve found it easier is because I’ve been walking a lot more. Nothing else has changed really, my training in general has been less than usual due to other commitments.
The only thing that has changed is my increased walking.
My walks are brisk, and there are a couple of good hills so my heart rate is elevated a few times.
I honestly believe that this has helped my running.
But not only my running, it has actually just helped my wellbeing overall.
Whats better than going out for a fresh walk with the pooch?
I think the only thing that comes close is going out for a hack!?
Now there are lots of ways to do Low Intensity Training. You could do it in the gym, but I personally woudn’t find it as enjoyable just walking on a treadmill, when you could be outside.
It’s not something you have to do everyday either, just once a week would be fine, it just so happens that I walk the dog everyday.
So in my opinion, both types of training work well together. If you just did HIIT you could find that you over do it and potentially have an adverse affect on your training and your goals.
But, if you just did LIT, you might not quite reach your goals, as you may not be able to acheive the level of fat burning % that HIIT can acheive.
A bit of both in your training could work wonders.
I’d love to know your thoughts on this. I haven’t based this on any specific scientific research, this is entirely just based on my experience and opinon,