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High intensity interval training

The New York Times published an interesting story on Friday on H.I.T., high intensity interval training. It looked at the major exercises — swimming, running, squats, and burpees — in an attempt to find out which has the best impact on your health. Naturally, there was no “right” answer, but the story makes a strong case for H.I.T. Here’s the part that intrigued me the most:

“To be effective, H.I.T. must hurt. But a study published last month found that when a group of recreational runners practiced H.I.T. on the track, they enjoyed the workout more than a second group of runners who jogged continuously for 50 minutes. The H.I.T. runners, the study’s authors suspect, were less bored.”

I agree with that 100%. 30 minutes of straight running (with no sprints or hills) to me is a tad boring. I’d do it, but at the end I’d feel like I cheated. That’s why I constantly switch up my cardio routines. It’s twisted, but I love that split second in your run when you can barely breathe and feel like your lungs are going to explode. It’s a rush. That feeling, to me, is the essence of being alive. That is exercising. Otherwise, you’re just doing motions. That said, what’s your ultimate exercise?

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