Are You HIITING It Too Hard?
Ask anyone and they’ll tell you the more you exercise, the more weight you’ll lose. Yep, up until a few weeks ago we would’ve believed that, too – but new research shows that over-exercising could actually be more detrimental than a stable workout schedule. It’s all down to hormones – the little chemical messengers that keep everything (weight, mood, skin…) in sync. Nutritional scientist Toral Shah says: ‘Too much HIIT can increase production of cortisol, insulin and oestrogen, which can encourage fat storage. Others (testosteroneandprogesterone),meanwhile, help burn stodgy stuff, monitor energy levels and act as antidepressants.’ Exercise, then, plays a pretty simple role: move regularly (but not too much) > control weight loss. Follow our plan to hormone harmony: HIIT: 12-20 minutes, 2-3 times a week. Strength (weight) training: 3 times a week. Walking: Strive for 10k steps 4-5 days a week. Stretching: 5 minutes after every session. Stand: Don’t sit still for more than 1 hour at a time. Simples.