Would you like an anti-aging secret? Are you worried about getting older? Do you wonder if you will get dementia? Do you see older people in wheelchairs around your city and hope that's not you at that age?
High intensity exercise builds human growth hormone or HGH. This is essentially the fountain of youth. High intensity exercise, like lifting weights or sprinting, creates this hormone in your body. It can make your heart healthier, your lungs healthier and improve your skin. It can make your bones stronger and your immune system work better. It aids in weight loss, improves your brain function and increases muscle mass.
Overall, eating healthy foods and getting regular exercise are two of the best things you can do for your body. If you can do these, good for you. If you walk or run regularly, you should be highly commended. Experts say that if you took it up a notch, by doing some sprinting, you will get even more benefits - those from the creation of HGH, as mentioned above.
Consult your physician before you start or make changes to an exercise regimen. High intensity exercise isn't for everyone. It may be too hard for your body. Or you might be able to do it, but you won't get much benefit from it. Everyone is different. For many people, though, revving your body into high gear can be very beneficial.
Listening to your body is very important when you're doing high intensity exercise. You may want to wear a heart monitor.
For me there are three zones when I sprint. The first zone is when I first start sprinting. I can run fast and feel absolutely no pain at all. Then quickly the second zone starts and I start to feel my body being taxed. This is what you call "good pain". Then I have to watch the line where you cross over into the third zone or "bad pain". This is where you push yourself too hard and it can cause injuries.
The first zone is a very fun one to be in. You feel very free and you simply enjoy the feeling of running, your body in motion. The rest of the run is spent "walking the line", or trying to push yourself hard, but not too hard. Keeping yourself at the boundary of good pain without crossing over into bad pain.
Incorporating sprinting into your weekly workouts doesn't require much time. The benefits of sprinting can be enjoyed with 2 or 3 sessions of sprints a week for perhaps 10 minutes long each.
If you are a runner, you can add sprinting to your workouts. If you don't do much cardio, the other benefit of sprinting is that it increases both your aerobic capacity and your anaerobic capacity at the same time. I promote sprintning as the cardio component of the Convenient Weight Loss Plan on this website. For those who don't have the time or the motivation to go for a run of 30 minutes or more a few times a week, sprinting can help you get some cardio in a shorter period of time.
Weightlifting is another way to benefit from the anti-aging secret of human growth hormone. This form of high intensity exercise can help keep you younger. Some of the healthiest senior citizens are weightlifters. It improves your bone strength. It can improve your posture by giving you stronger muscles. Weightlifting can mean working out with actual weights or by doing bodyweight exercises.
Studies have shown that senior citizens, who are in wheelchairs or who use walkers, can get up out of their wheelchairs or throw away their walkers by doing some weightlifting. Regular weightlifting, even over just a matter of months, can help these people regain their mobility. Now that's an anti-aging secret.