High intensity interval training involves repeatedly exercising at a high intensity for 30 seconds to several minutes, separated by 1-5 minutes of recovery (either no or low intensity exercise). HIIT is associated with increased patient compliance and improved cardiovascular and metabolic outcomes and is suitable for implementation in both healthy and ‘at risk’ populations. Importantly, as some types of exercise are contraindicated in certain patient populations and HIIT is a complex concept for those unfamiliar to exercise, some patients may require specific assessment or instruction before commencing a HIIT program.
Examples about HIIT will be discussed later in another article.
Reference:Shiraey T. et al. Evidence based exercise: clinical benefits of high intensity interval training.Aust Fam Physician 2012 Dec;41(12):960-2.Leave a reply →