Why Interval Training is Key to Being a Long-Lived Beast

High intensity training can help older people maintain their energy levels. HIIT training is a great training method with anti-aging effects

If you’re a regular reader of our Beast Gear knowledge bombs, you’ll be aware that we love short, intense workouts. For us they are the biggest bang for your buck.

Now new research(1) in the journal of Cell Metabolism shows that HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is key to longevity. 

Interval training is perfect for fat loss, conditioning and staying active as you get older.A new study by Dr Sreekumaran Nair at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota found that HIIT boosted the ability of cells to generate energy in participants. Normally, this ability declines with age.

HIIT involves short periods of intense exercise, broken up with rest-periods. For example, sprint intervals or skipping intervals.

Two groups were compared; a young group (aged 18-30) and an old group (aged 65-80). The participants undertook a programme of interval training, weight training or a combination of both. After three months, HIIT boosted the ability cells to generate energy by 69 % in the older group, and by 49% in the younger group. This was combined with improvements in lung, heart and circulation health.

This research shows that not only is short intense training awesome for fat-loss and conditioning, it also helps your cells continue to generate energy as you get older – meaning you can train like a beast and live like a beast for longer.

Skipping is one of the best methods for HIIT training. HIIT (high intensity interval training) is known to boost energy generation by cells in older people, is great for fat loss and conditioning and a fun way to get fit!Our favourite HIIT tool is the good old skipping rope – and fortunately we’ve got exactly the tool for the job ;)

We’ve written a special series on why skipping is so good – check it out here.

Give HIIT a try, and see how it can help you keep your beast mode as you get older ;)



1. Cell Metabolism, DOI: 10.1016/j.cmet.2017.02.009


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