How HIIT Can Help Your Heart
Feb 15, 2017 HIIT
If you have recovered from Valentine’s Day, you might (or might not) be interested to know that we’re not done with hearts quite yet. While we are WAY done with roses and chocolates and tiny teddy bears holding hearts and flower deliveries, we are still gung-ho to talk about your heart. Specifically, we want to talk about your heart’s health and how your heart performs when you work out with us at FIT36. And the fact that February happens to be American Heart Month is a great excuse for heart-chat.
You might already know that every time you come to work out with us the fist-sized powerhouse in your chest gets even stronger. You might also know that the stronger your heart is, the more efficiently it can deliver blood and oxygen to your entire body. And that it also is responsible for carrying waste out of your system. But did you know that every day your ever-ticking dynamo beats around 100,000 times, and pumps 1 ½ gallons of blood three times every minute? This is the equivalent of 2,000 gallons of blood traveling through 60,000 miles of blood vessels every day. Not only that, but your heart creates enough energy every day to drive a truck for 20 miles. Impressive stats, eh?
So now that we’ve sufficiently fueled your next work breakroom banter, let’s move on to what this has to do with you kicking butt at FIT36. During your HIIT workout, a large number of muscles are being used and pushed, and these muscles demand a higher level of oxygen than when you’re resting. Your heart responds to this demand by beating faster to deliver more blood and oxygen to your muscles. Easy, right? Well have you ever wondered why we pay so much attention to how fast your heart is beating while you work out? Because HIIT is such a compact, fast-moving class, we like to make the most out of every second. And we know that in order for your workout to yield the body results that you want, your heart rate has to rise and fall just the right amount at just the right times during the sessions. Your heart rate is the telltale sign that you’re pushing hard enough as you cycle through high-intensity speed intervals and recovery intervals. It can tell you if you’re overtraining at too-high of a heart rate as well.
Also, your heart rate is unique to you, and depends on a few factors such as your age and weight and resting heart rate. Your trainer can help you determine what your resting, target, and maximum heart rates are. They can help you know where your heart rate should be during your highest-intensity intervals, and then during the recovery periods. And if your target heart rate shifts as you get stronger and fitter, they’ll help you adjust your workouts accordingly.
At FIT36, we are all about the heart, and how paying attention to its performance can help you work out and achieve results like never before. Have questions about our classes, or about how to find your unique target heart rate? Our trainers are here and ready to help, and want to help you meet your fitness goals.