Short sharp bursts of exercise are no fad | The Canberra Times


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Short bursts of intense exercise are not too good to be true when it comes to getting back into post COVID-19 lockdown shape. And it can help build a stronger, healthier heart. University of NSW Medicine exercise physiology researcher, Dr Andrew Keech, says high-intensity interval training, known as HIIT, is far from a celebrity fad. Dr Keech has studied the science of exercise for 20 years and says HIIT is superior to traditional moderate-intensity training, like a long slow jog. “HIIT is a fancy way of saying, ‘work hard for a while, recover and then do it all again’. This is what athletes have been doing for many years,” Dr Keech says. He said research showed that HIIT was effective in improving aerobic fitness and conditions such as blood pressure, body fat levels and glucose control. “Even if you rarely exercise, it’s never too late to start doing

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