How HIIT helps you manage stress
HIIT is the training of the moment: this sentence is validated by the great success it is having with fitness enthusiasts and in gym clubs, increasingly attracted by formulas that meet the needs of training in a short time and with effective results. Skillathletic training, especially in classes such as Boost, guarantees effective results for a toned body thanks to the high calories consumption that continues even after the end of the class.
Boost is built on the foundations of HIIT training: with its combination of stamina and agility it allows you to enhance your athletic skills and achieve Total Body Performance – a greater body awareness that will help you in weight loss thanks to a high calorie expenditure. On the other hand, getting away from the daily routine and going to the gym when you’re overworked with tasks and engagements is increasingly difficult and stressful.
There are many factors that generate stress and work is often the lion’s share of it. But a remedy to control stress with exercise is there, and it’s called HIIT.
Fighting Stress with HIIT
HIIT workouts are simply perfect when you have little time and need to sip every second (and don’t be afraid, you’ll count even the seconds when you do!).
Skillbike can be included among the cardio activities in a HIIT workout: it is excellent according to research to combat stress and is placed right behind the team sports in this special ranking of the best workouts to combat stress.
If the pressure at work grips you, a workout like Skillathletic will help to combat stress and improve your physical and mental state. Not only that: HIIT training helps people who do stressful jobs to benefit from intense training: the more intense the training, the greater the benefits of stressbusting. Researchers at the University of Arizona have shown that reducing stress through HIIT contributes to a 19% increase in job satisfaction.
Researchers found a strong correlation between exercise intensity and stress reduction and, as a result, increased job satisfaction. The study even noted an improvement in personality traits, particularly greater openness and pleasantness towards others. Not only do notoriously stressful jobs, even simpler jobs can benefit from HIIT training.
HIIT improves mood
A study published in Lancet found that high-intensity exercise helps combat depression, and people who did an intense physical workout had significantly fewer days of poor mental health per month than those who remained sedentary – two days compared to 3 or 4.
So don’t worry, if you have little time and want to fight stress and get tangible results, HIIT is for you. For example, if you like cycling, a Boost session will take you and your teammates to Skillline to give your best on cardio in i-go-you-go mode: 30 seconds of alternating work at maximum intensity.
As we have already writte, during HIIT there are always intervals at lower intensity (active recovery) that alternate with others where the thrust is high: the proportions between active interval and recovery in Skillathletic classes is 2 to 1. So let’s make sure that during the slow moment of a HIIT you are controlling the repetition just ended, in order to improve the next one.
The intensity and speed of the training in the fast fraction is determined by the considerations made in the slow fraction. Not only training, but also recovery. In addition to fast training, it is also imperative that you let your body recover properly after a HIIT session. This way you get tangible results without compromising your overall health.
Because HIIT and mindfulness can go hand in hand
Although seemingly distant, HIIT and mindfulness meditation are two worlds that – if properly harmonized – could become the picklock to achieve your fitness goals. According to several scholars, it is important that HIIT workouts be done with the same awareness as other traditional classes of mind-body disciplines such as yoga or pilates.
But what is mindfulness? It is the ability to stay in the present moment in an intentional and non-judgmental way, and exalts the ability to focus in the here and now acting significantly on three areas: the attention to the present, the attitude to openness and acceptance of the experiences that life offers us and the ability to understand deeply, to achieve.
To reach mindfulness it is necessary to follow some guidelines: first, knowing the purpose of the exercises is fundamental to give a logic to the HIIT training we are doing. Your Skillathletic trainer will explain which muscles you will activate and how your body should feel during the movement.
In order to achieve a state of mindfulness and results through HIIT, you need to be fully aware of what you are doing regardless of the speed at which you are doing it). On the other hand, if you don’t have a full understanding of the intention of the exercise you’re doing, it’s hard to get the response you’re supposed to get, more so during HIIT workouts. Using the right muscles means preventing injury and achieving the desired results.
Some practices to improve mindfulness in a HIIT class
During the warm-up it is important to give yourself an intention, a goal to be set during the class. Getting the most out of the class session means getting into a mentality of conquest and at the same time having fun with things that excite.
It’s your teammates who will encourage you to do your best. Always during the warm-up it’s a good idea to become fully aware of your body and to receive the messages it sends us. Is it a day to push or is it better to take it easy? Do we feel a muscle pull? Let’s tell our Skillathletic trainer, who can help us adjust the exercises as needed.
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