LIIT | Low Intensity Interval Training – The new HIIT

 

LOW INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING (LIIT) VS HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING (HIIT)

We all are aware of the Rabbit vs Turtle race. This is a learning lesson in our day to day practical life. When it comes to exercise or fitness training, we might start off with full stamina and confidence but get tired or injured very soon and end up taking long breaks from our workout routine to recover. What happens in the process is we fall prey to bad internal damages. Today, it is much wiser to follow the ‘Turtle way’ and go slow but steady in order to win the race of a ‘fit life’.

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Forget the severe muscle cramps and hop into LIIT

LIIT OR HIIT

There has been a significant shift from HIIT to LIIT off late realizing the benefits of the later. HIITis definitely effective, but it comes along with the slogan-“No pain no gain”. For many of us specially, people with some prior injuries or elderly, HIIT thus become a big challenge. Studies show today, many people prefer to choose LIIT over HIIT.

LIIT – THE BENEFITS

  • It is the best form of workout for beginners or people recovering from any injury.
  • These workouts are programmed with low intensity thus are easier on our joints.
  • It can be easily opted by elderly people who cannot go for high intensity workouts.
  • Since it leaves us with almost no injuries, we can be more consistent with our workout routine.
  • LIIT helps to build up stamina before you opt for higher intensity exercises.
  • It is very helpful for people having issues like anaemia, thyroid etc.
  • It has a steady positive result and thus brings us close to that fit self we dream of.

HELP US TO HELP YOU

However, every body type is different from one another and so is our demands and capacity. Whether you choose HIIT or LIIT the main idea is to work towards leading a healthy and fit life. So don’t let your today ruin your tomorrow. Get up, find yourself a fitness coach or a  workout partner or a fitness trainer and achieve an overall health and fitness all year round!

 

 

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Importance of Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) in weight loss

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Understanding your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) could be the key to your journey for a fitter body.

What is BMR?

BMR is the amount of calorie your body burns in a day with doing nothing. Do not confuse BMR with BMI (Body Mass Index), they are completely different. Our body is like a machine and in order to operate, it needs energy in the form calories to operate, which is the fuel to our body. Our body not only burns calories while doing cardio or strength training, but also while we are just sitting or even even sleeping. Our brain also burn a significant amount of calories for it to function. So, calorie is burnt by just being idle, the total amount of calorie burnt in a day in such state is called BMR.

What is your BMR?

BMR varies from person to person. You can use the tool on https://manytools.org/handy/bmr-calculator/ to get your approximate BMR. To be more accurate, you could try BMR measuring scales available in the market, but they could be expensive and may cost somewhere between $50 to $200, depending on how much accurate they can be. The other way is walk-in to a fitness center and check if they can calculate it for you, usually every modern fitness center has the machine.

Why knowing your BMR is important?

You are bound to lose weight when your amount of calorie intake in a day is less than the calories burnt by your body in a day. A positive calorie deficit will cut down your weight and a negative calorie deficit will result in weight gain.

The math is -> Calorie Deficit = BMR – Calorie intake in a day

So the higher your BMR is, the more you can eat and still not gain weight.

Can you increase your BMR?

Yes, you can. It is proven that, the amount of muscle mass in your body is directly proportional to your BMR. So the target should be to increase your muscle mass. Adapting to strength training and adding sufficient protein to your diet can help increase or maintain muscle mass.

If you need a personal trainer to guide you with workout and diet plan, you can request one here.

Will starving put you on a Calorie Deficit?

Yes, not eating enough food can put you on a calorie deficit mode and you will lose weight, but in the long run your body gets used to it and brings down your BMR which may have adverse effect. So I do not recommend starving. What is advised is to top-up you calorie burnt by being active. You could add cardio or strength training to your daily habits based on your comfort level, while adding both is the best. This will also keep you on a calorie deficit mode without hampering your BMR or may increase your BMR as well.

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Should I be selective about what I eat?

100 grams of chocolate has around 546 calories while 100 grams of carrots is only 41 calories. So you can fill your stomach with low calorie food without starving, you just need to pick the right food. We would not recommend a very strict diet unless you want to compete, as sticking to a strict diet gets difficult in the long run and off course you want to use your taste buds gifted by god. Try to stay away from anything that is sweet, especially chocolates, ice-creams and soda as much as possible. Choose whole fruits over fruit juice. You could cheat on your meals once a while with your favorite food. Our Fitness Trainer can help with a proper diet plan that suits your life style.

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