As we age, our bodies go through many changes — many of which we can’t control. However, staying healthy and active can slow aging and ensure your body stays happy with every passing day. Check out this best anti-aging workout which, according to Reader’s Digest, could add years to your life!
What is high-intensity interval training?
High-intensity interval training (HIIT), consists of short bursts of intense cardio exercise followed by less intense exercise during a short “resting period.” Although the words “high intensity” can sound and feel overwhelming, high-intensity interval training has many great benefits including boosted metabolism, more manageable blood sugar levels and, of course, lots of burned calories!
So, where’s the proof that high-intensity interval training actually works?
According to Reader’s Digest, Mayo Clinicstudied 72 adults ranging from 18-80 years old, assigning one of three 12-week workout programs — high-intensity interval cycling, strength training with weights or a combined strength-training and cycling plan.
During the study, Mayo Clinic researchers saw improvements in the participants’ leg strength, lean muscle mass, oxygen capacity and insulin sensitivity, across all three workout programs. However, only those who participated in the high-intensity interval cycling program saw benefits in mitochondrial performance! Keeping mitochondrial performance in tip-top shape is important in order to keep your bodily cells healthy and functioning properly, resulting in an overall slower aging process.
According to Health, “Mitochondria and ribosomes are organelles that are important for metabolism and aerobic fitness, but tend to deteriorate as people get older; keeping these structures healthy can reverse some signs of age-related decline within cells.” That’s why adding high-intensity interval training to your workout routine could add years to your life!
Because high-intensity workouts can be extremely exhausting and physically demanding, researchers recommend that older adultstake a few precautions before jumping in to new exercise routines. In order to avoid pushing your limits, make sure to never ignore bodily signals telling you to slow down, such as dizziness, nausea and extreme muscle fatigue.
Finding the right exercise routine for you!
Want to start planning your first high-intensity interval training exercise routine? Check out some of AARP’s suggestions for the ultimate workout, and always remember to go at your own pace.
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