When slow is the way to go

It’s OK to be madly in love with HIIT, but easing up on your intensity once or twice a week has three positive results.

When Slow is the Way to Go

It’s okay if you prefer HIIT, but reducing your intensity also has positive benefits. In fact, doing it once or twice a week is actually better for your body. Below are three reasons why you should:

  1. It reduces your appetite. Researchers from the Brigham Young University found out that after moderate cardio, there is a decrease in brain activity when you look at food. This may therefore result to being less interested in eating. In fact, according to a separate study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, women ate 59 fewer calories at lunch after a lower-intensity routine than after a HIIT workout.
  1. Leaner muscles. Jeff Schultz, the director of training at Pinnacle Sports in Vernon Hills, Illinois, said that gradually lowering a weight during the down part of a move will contribute to the increase in the growth of muscles since they are under tension for longer, which therefore helps in building them up quicker. This is also called eccentric training. For example, try lifting the weight for two counts, and then lower it for four.
  1. It keeps you on track. According to Michelle Segar, Ph.D., the author of No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness, people stick to moderate intensity exercise than to high intensity workouts. Therefore, try mixing it up a bit for better results.