4 Reasons to Include Interval Training in Your Workout

We all know exercise is a key to healthy living. But the benefits to interval training are especially remarkable. According to the science, HIIT can improve many aspects of human physiology. While we’re continuing to learn more, here are four very good reasons to make interval training a part of your workout routine.

Considering a long-distance run? Well, including HIIT as part of your training can up your performance come event day. It’s been proven to enhance the lactate threshold which could be the difference you need to succeed. 

Studies have also shown interval training can induce endurance-like adaptations, corresponding to increased capacity for whole body and skeletal muscle lipid oxidation and enhanced peripheral vascular structure and function.[11]

There is increasing evidence that interval training assists in managing risk factors of many diseases — including metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes. By improving insulin action and sensitivity, we lower the levels of insulin needed to lower glucose levels in our blood.[9][12] A combination of interval training and continuous exercise increases cardiovascular fitness. This raises HDL-cholesterol, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.[13] [14] HIIT also decreases waist circumference, waist-to-hip ratio(WRH), and the sum of skin folds on the body.[11]

Last but not least, interval training keeps you young. That’s right…according to a new study published in  the journal Cell Metabolism, there is evidence that it helps arrest the aging process.

“Any exercise is better than being sedentary,” said Dr. Sreekumaran Nair, senior author of the study and a diabetes researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Nair noted that high-intensity interval training (HIIT), in particular, is “highly efficient” when it comes to reversing many age-related changes.

At Gixo, intervals are built right in to most of our classes. Whatever your fitness level, you can find a way to push yourself. Say you’re walking? Speed it up, or even work to a jog. If you’re already jogging, this is the time to run. If you’re running, sprint. We happen to believe you can do anything for a minute. Especially when the science behind the “why” is so powerful.