The fitness column is written by personal trainer, Idris Aura.
Fitness trends come and go, but some seem to be sticking out in the game without pomp and much hyped publicity. One of the few trends that is proving to be effective is HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training, which is slowly rolling down from being an «only elite athlete» training routine, to normal Ola Normann’s program, since it involves short periods of time.
Regular normal cardio raises your metabolism while you’re doing it, but once finished, your metabolism returns to it’s regular rate and with your body being in a familiar territory you will end up maintaining the same body state. While on the other hand, HIIT raises your metabolism for hours afterward, creating a perfect fat afterburn process in the body called Epoc – Excess post exercise oxygen consumption.
HIIT is performed by alternating highly intense bursts of exercise for 30 seconds to a minute («highly intense» meaning not less than 85 percent of your maximum heart rate), with slow recovery for one to two minutes. A perfect example for the few who have tried it, is running up staircases or dragging or flipping a tyre in the hall.
Talk of trends and technology kicks in with all sorts of stuff out there in the market, which promises everything from tracking calories to quality sleep. This makes it even harder for some of us to concentrate on the basics and the fitness foundations that we need most. This constant need to be technologically connected is a form of addiction, and that’s not what fitness is all about. Exercise and fitness should be more about freedom, fun, natural processes and intuition, rather than super advanced apps, data and gadgets that requires constant management and proper expertise, which may not be easily acquired or come cheap.
Anyways, I’m not anti-gadgets, against your advanced apps or after your gadgets. Please have a tech-savvy workout!