HIIT is popular, and it has been shown in research and the experience of the general public, and it develops versatile athletes. What many HIIT advocates forget, I think, is the knowledge to let things take time to reduce our stress and increase our long-term endurance and that HIIT does not suit everyone for objective or subjective reasons.

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I love HIIT, I think it is good to have as one of all tools and alternatives when time has almost run out and I need to sweat for a while. At the same time, I love the options that may take time, be it a stretching session, yoga or walking meditation.

I am fully aware that stress resistance improves with HIIT as well, although the stress load can be high during the activity/activities.

HIIT is good, you should try it!


There are a plethora of tests and comparisons, purely physical, where researchers and scientists have seen that a fraction of the training time is needed for the same results with HIIT as with “old-fashioned” training. Instead of posting links to scientific reports, feel free to search online and I promise you will find evidence of the effectiveness of HIIT.

At many of the HIIT training facilities, it is a huge community active, just as important to sustain and endure a training effort.

HIIT do not fit everyone!

High-intensity training does not suit everyone, I think. Here are some of the reasons

Objective reasons

  • If you are already stressed and putting on even more stress, which means training high-intensity, it can tip you over the edge to get problematic instead of sustainable health
  • There is a higher risk of injury to joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments that need time to get used to the load
  • If it is blood pressure you want to lower, you most likely need and at least combine with low-intensity exercise so that the blood vessels and brain also get the relaxation needed for sustainable health.

Subjective reasons

  • The HIIT culture can sometimes be seen as provocative and personal best-striving, not everyone is a competitive person.

Summary

  • HIIT is a tool for sustainable health, there are other tools that are good with.
  • Try HIIT if it works both objectively and subjectively for you, as long as you do it for your own sake.
  • For HIIT to work fully, you need to supplement with low-intensity exercise and recovery.
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