One of the most popular New Year resolutions is to get fitter and healthier, quickly. But staying fit and healthy is more difficult. However the latest trend for HIIT can help. HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. It will help you get fit quick. Doctor Michael Mosley tried out HIIT for himself in the acclaimed BBC TV series, Trust Me I’m a Doctor. He believes you can get the benefits of exercise in just a few minutes a week. But it is an extremely intense workout.
It is advised that you consult your doctor or other healthcare professional before undertaking any form of exercise.
Here are our tips for getting fit quick
- Perform HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts - ensure you warm up for two minutes beforehand.
- Workout with a friend - you'll not want to let them down (and vice versa).
- Pick something you love - you're more likely to want to do it on the days you feel less inclined to exercise.
- Use an activity monitor - they'll help you reach your goals by keeping you motivated, as they track and log your activity.
- Train your breathing muscles. Really? Yes, breathing training improves strength and stamina, reducing fatigue, which in turn makes exercise feel easier.
What is breathing training?
Your breathing muscles, just like any other muscle, will adapt and get stronger if you exercise them. To do this, you need to expose your breathing to a training stimulus. In addition, it must of sufficient duration or with sufficient frequency for the breathing muscles to experience a full training adaptation. Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT), such as the POWERbreathe breathing training device, is ideal for this. IMT targets the breathing muscles, specifically the muscles you use to breathe in.
Breathing exercises and techniques
To get the most from your inspiratory muscle training you need to ensure that you're using the device properly. Firstly, ensure you are breathing IN through the device. IN for INspiratory. It’s the inspiratory muscles that play a vital role in the efficiency of breathing at rest and also during exercise. Expiration, however, is normally passive and only during heavy exercise workloads does it become forced.
Tips for using POWERbreathe during exercise
- Ensure you first have a good POWERbreathe breathing technique.
- Perform your exercise firstly without your POWERbreathe device. Then perform the exercise with your POWERbreathe device set to the lowest setting (load).
- As you continue to perform your workout, gradually increase the load on your POWERbreathe device over a period of the next few weeks.
- You can also incorporate a breathing training station into interval training, drills and circuits, or during the recovery phase.