You’re made up of 360 joints, over 600 skeletal muscles and more than 900 ligaments designed to keep you in motion, so we feel exercise is the key!
The human body is built to move and it comes as no surprise when you’re rewarded from your exercise regime. A recent study of 10,269 men found that consistent moderate exercise decreased risk of death by 44%. There are numerous different benefits from exercising and three of the most popular types at the moment are resistance training, aerobic exercise and High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).
Here’s some information on the three types of exercise:
This form of training develops your brain, detoxes your body, and builds your physique and as the name suggests, it puts your muscles up against a force that resists movement. Exercises such as weightlifting, kettlebell training and bodyweight workouts all fall within this category. This form of training is usually brief and intense and it drives your muscles to generate force from ATP stores instead of relying on oxygen. That brief, powerful stress to your system is great for you.
This form of training makes you smarter, happier, leaner, and more creative as it taps into your aerobic system, relying on oxygen from your lungs to produce energy. Exercises such as running, biking, swimming, and dance, anything that really keeps you breathing heavily. This type of training stresses your aerobic system and tests your endurance, bringing a new host of benefits.
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
Resistance and aerobic training are both powerful ways to hack your biology, and each gives a unique set of benefits and we feel that High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is the happy medium.
HIIT alternates between brief, strenuous exercise and active/ static rest. You may sprint for 30 seconds, plank hold 30 seconds, do squat jumps for 30 seconds, mountain climbers for 30 seconds, so on and so forth. Sounds good? Find your local Metafit Coach here.
HIIT intensely stresses your muscles and then lets them recover during active rest. But putting these exercises together and maintaining active rest, like we do in Metafit classes, it keeps your heart and breathing rates up so you also get the benefits of aerobic exercise. It’s the happy medium of two forms of fitness; resistance and endurance. In fact, it may be more effective than either resistance or aerobic exercise alone. Want to learn all of this and become a qualified Metafit coach? Take a look at our upcoming courses in your area!