Find out how High-Intensity Interval Training can help female golfers play better, feel stronger and even look younger in this guest post by Jackie Edwards.
THOUGH a round of golf can be a good workout in itself, your fitness (and maybe even your game) can be improved upon by adding High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to your exercise regimen. HIIT can be especially useful if you’re looking to build muscle or lose weight fast.
HIIT has become one of the most popular ways to burn fat and increase energy. Compared to other cardio workouts, it is a more effective way to build muscle and melt fat because a HIIT cardio session involves repeated bouts of high-intensity effort followed by varied recovery or rest periods. Studies have also shown that high-intensity intervals work wonders for increasing cardiovascular health, fat burning and increasing growth hormone. As a result, HIIT not only makes you look better, but it also makes you feel good and is an effective anti-aging workout for female golfers.
Here’s how HIIT workouts can help you feel and look younger.
HIIT REDUCES ABDOMINAL FAT AND BODY WEIGHT
One of the signs of aging in women is weight gain in the abdominal area. Experts say that middle-aged people show a steady weight gain of one to two pounds a year, and women are most susceptible to the middle-age spread at the age of 38. High-intensity workouts can help you maintain your waistline and prevent fat from accumulating in your midsection. Plus, with the help of HIIT workouts, your body continues to burn fat for up to 48 hours after exercise, so the effort that you spent in the gym still works to eliminate unwanted fat even after your workout is done.
HIIT GIVES YOU MORE ENERGY
Loss of energy is another sign of aging, and you’ll find that as you get older, you often feel tired or don’t have as much strength to do your normal activities. High-intensity workout sessions can correct that. Your first few HIIT sessions may be grueling, but soon after, you’ll find that you have more energy than ever to do the things that you love to do, such as playing 18 holes with your friends.
HIIT CAN HELP YOU BE BETTER AT OTHER SPORTS
Experts say that HIIT training can increase your speed, agility and power, thus, it helps you perform better at other sports. You’ll find that whenever you play golf, you can take swing after swing and walk from one hole to the other without gasping for breath or complaining of aching muscles after a game.
A typical HIIT session lasts for about 20 to 45 minutes of working out and resting. You can work out with a trainer or a group fitness class, and all you have to do is to find an activity that gets your heart rate up. Work out hard on a chosen activity for about 30 seconds, then rest for twice as long before getting started on the next set.
Keeping fit and staying active is important so we can keep doing the things that we love to do. Try adding High-Intensity Interval Training to your regimen to become a better golfer and for a younger and healthier you.