Your Body Does Not Belong To You – Part 2 of 2
Last time I promised to give you some tools to help restore your youthful vigor! This can be accomplished by applying some transformative strategies to your daily lifestyle.
It turns out that there is a simple (yet profound) way to turn back the clock on your rapidly deteriorating health and fitness level, and turn on your anti-aging hormones. You can do this at the same time you lose fat, gain muscle, get flexible and become heart healthy. And you can do this in 15-30 minutes per day, 3-5 days per week. And it can be done anywhere with little or no gym equipment.
Interval Training – The secret to the entire program is a concept not new in the fitness world, but is in recent years receiving much greater attention. The idea of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is finally taking it rightful place as the preferred method of exercise.
It is called High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) when done using “cardio-like” exercises, and called Metabolic Resistance Training (MRT) when done using some form of resistance, like weightlifting or calisthenics.
Both operate under the well-researched premise that short bursts of intense exercise (10-30 seconds) followed by 30-90 seconds rest are far more beneficial than traditional forms of exercise. It is more effective at burning calories, losing fat, and getting in good functional condition than hours of sustained cardio exercises or weightlifting.
Plus, you will not only save so much time in the gym, but because you have not spent hours beating your body, your risk of injuries and recovery time are significantly less. And these are not the only benefits.
Human growth hormone (HGH) is the hormone of youth. In synthetic form, this is one of the “cheater drugs” that many athletes use to enhance their performance. It is injected to boost HGH levels significantly above what is produced endogenously (naturally made in the body).
However, it has been shown that the body will also significantly increase HGH naturally following High Intensity Interval Training. This type of training also makes the body more sensitive to insulin so you are less likely to suffer with insulin resistance. This is a pre-diabetic state in which your body secretes normal levels of insulin but the insulin does not transport sugar the way it should.
For men, HIIT has also proven to raise testosterone levels, a wonderful benefit for any older male! But the news gets even better if you employ a simple dietary concept along with your training.
When high intensity interval training is combined with intermittent fasting, all of the above effects are further heightened. Intermittent fasting is a short fast characterized by abstaining from foods for up to 18 hours, confining your day’s food intake to six hours.
After 12-14 hours of fasting the body naturally increases HGH and testosterone.
When combined with intense exercise done before food intake, you accentuate the hormonal benefits.
The combination also has been shown to trigger the release of brain derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) and muscle regulatory factors (MRF) which rejuvenate brain and muscle tissue respectively.
This means that exercise while fasting will signal your body to keep your brain tissue and muscle fibers biologically young. In addition, this type of fasting increases the body’s antioxidants defense against free radicals, helps with detox, and also boosts insulin sensitivity. Wow!
The benefits of High Intensity Interval Training (HITT) and Metabolic Resistance Training (MRT) are numerous. And when combined with Intermittent Fasting on your workout days, you have a one-two combo that is sure to help you recapture the vigor and energy of your youth.
However, even with all the benefits of exercise, remember Paul’s admonition – Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come (1 Timothy 4:8).