HIIT & Blood Pressure

What is HIIT?

HIIT is not any specific exercise, rather, it is a technique. HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval Training combining short bursts of exercise at a high intensity followed by short periods of active recovery. Research has found that this type of exercise provides you with more health benefits than many other forms of exercising.

The Research

One study showed that 73% of people restored blood pressure to normal using a HIIT training method for just 2 months and 24 exercise sessions. There was a significant reduction in systolic blood pressure from an average of 145.4 (± 9.0) to 118.3 (± 15.6) mm Hg.

The Science

The endothelium is a very thin membrane that lines the inside of your heart and blood vessels. The cells in this membrane release a variety of substances that control how your blood vessels relax and contract. HIIT improves endothelial function by creating greater flexibility in your arteries thus reducing the stiffness in your arterial walls. Stiff/narrow artery walls can lead to increased blood pressure.

The Benefits

  • Burn more body fat
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Reduces resting heart rate
  • Increased metabolism
  • More effective oxygen utilization
  • Reduced training time

Ask our trainers how to add a HIIT style workout into your exercise routine!

Source: Functional Medicine University, functionalmedicineuniversity.com

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