Are You HIITING It Too Hard?

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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.

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