Tamara Hew-Butler, associate professor of Exercise & Sports Science in the College of Education, quoted in CNN Health, “Try this interval workout to avoid burnout or injuries”

CNN Health, 11/27
Try this interval workout to avoid burnout or injuries
By Melanie Radzicki McManus

For many people aiming to burn a lot of calories, high-intensity interval training is the way to go. Also known as HIIT, these popular workouts feature bursts of intense activity, such as squats or lunges, followed by recovery time. A HIIT routine can torch more calories than a traditional endurance workout while being performed in a shorter amount of time. Numerous studies also show interval training can provide the same health benefits as one continuous workout at a moderate intensity, according to a review published last year in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. With all of these positives, it’s not surprising that HIIT workouts were one of the top 10 fitness trends predicted for 2022, according to the annual survey of health and fitness trends conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine, and they have been among the top 10 fitness trends since 2014. Yet HIIT workouts require maximum exertion, which means they aren’t for every day — or necessarily for everyone. Don’t feel bad if you discover these workouts are not your style. Many people don’t enjoy high-intensity work. However, it’s important to find another exercise you do enjoy, said Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler, associate professor of exercise and sport science at Detroit’s Wayne State University. “People need to move to reap the many mental and physical benefits associated with regular physical activity,” Hew-Butler said, “regardless of what we call it or what exercise fad is currently marketed.”


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