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Moderate Exercise For Longevity And Overall Health

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Whenever anyone thinks and aims to improve their health, they choose a healthy diet plan and a suitable exercise schedule to follow. A well-balanced diet, exercise, or physical activity are vital for improving the overall fitness of individuals.

The type and duration of exercise an individual selects determines how quickly and effectively a weight reduction occurs. Moreover, the physiological condition of the individuals will determine the kind of physical activity suitable for them. Severe-exercises are difficult to continue in the longer term.

You may lose weight quickly with hard-exercising, but your health will not improve that much. As making it part of your daily life becomes difficult. On the other hand, moderate exercising or workout routines have better metabolic outcomes and improves health. 

A study suggests that moderate-intense exercise is more health-effective than short and intense workouts. According to a study published in Medicine And Science In Sports & Exercise, various physical activities impact differently on the body fat, blood pressure, and other metabolic aspects. 

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High-Intensity Interval Training For Exercise 

HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training. HIIT is quite trendy nowadays, particularly in the field of exercise science. Moreover, HIIT can improve the health and enhance the longevity of individuals. 

It consists of extremely short spurts of intense exercise followed by a minute or two of rest. Such physical activity is quick and potent, and the research studies prove its health benefits.

There have been many research studies that have discovered various exercises and their health impacts. However, many questions remain unanswered, including the comparison of HIIT with previous more-traditional aerobic workouts. 

Thus, recently exercise scientists search how individuals’ body alters if they train with exclusive intervals or standard, moderate workouts. The research was carried by exercise scientists from the University of Guelph in Ontario. 

To understand the impact of practicing HIIT thrice a week and no exercise for four days a week, the research team gathered 23 sedentary overweight adult men. Multiple factors of the participants were noted, including body composition, blood pressure, blood sugar, and their response to dietary and exercise changes. Moreover, monitoring of metabolic activity of participants also occurs to understand the physiological alterations.

The Routine For Each Group And Outcome Of Research

The Guelph scientists divide the participants into two groups. Half men were to start bicycling on stationary bicycles as fast as possible for them in 30 seconds. Then they had to take 2-to3 minute break, this procedure was to be repeated to 4-to-6 times a day for three days a week, for three weeks. The other men were to cycle for five days at moderate speed for a continuous 30 to 40 minutes for the initial three weeks.

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For the next six weeks, HIIT-group exercises intensely for a total of less than an hour. Moreover, the moderate workout group does the physical activity for 2.5 hours each week for the same period.

The study indicates that all individuals do get better after exercising, whether moderately or by following HIIT. The blood sugar levels of both groups were better on the days they exercised. Both groups have better blood pressure and overall health.

However, the moderate exercise-group has a better metabolism, and they shed more body fat as compared to the HIIT group.

According to exercise scientists and Dr. Jamie Burr, all exercises are good, but their impact on health varies. Some improve cardiac-health, and others improve different physiological symptoms.

About the author

Adeena Tariq Lari

The author is a graduate of dental surgery from the Dow University Health Sciences, Karachi. She has an academic background in content writing as well as English literature, giving her an edge in the field. Adeena is always curious about physical and mental health. She is always passionate about research and delivering high-quality reliable content to users.

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