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12:17

High Intensity *what*?



You’ve probably heard of high-intensity interval training (HIIT).

It involves short, brutal bursts of movement, brief rest periods and a lot of sweat.
MOOSE aficionados already know that it’s an effective way to build muscle mass and cut fat, but it also increases your baseline fitness fast!

Those ‘in the know’ will talk about Tabata training, which was devised by a Japanese professor – Izumi Tabata – based on a study of Olympic speed skaters. We won’t go into the details (because it involves lots of facts and figures and we are all way too busy to deal with that) but suffice to say that the results from Dr Tabata’s research showed that high intensity interval training has more impact on both the aerobic and anaerobic systems than other conventional exercise.

“Help! But what does that actually mean?” we hear you cry.

Worry no more, the MOOSE will distill the eight HIIT key elements for you:

  1. Efficient – HIIT is the ideal workout for a busy schedule, as it delivers maximum results in minimum time
  2. Burn more fat – intense exertion makes your body consume more calories after the workout, for up to 24 hours (yes, really!)
  3. Healthier heart – extreme training produces extreme results: making your heart work that bit harder means you are then able to do more (lengthier runs, longer bike rides) at the same pace
  4. No equipment – your body is an amazing thing, and it’s all you will need for an HIIT workout
  5. Lose weight, not muscle – the HIIT regime allows you to preserve hard-earned muscles while ensuring most weight loss comes from fat stores
  6. Increase metabolism – HIIT stimulates the production of your HGH (human growth hormone) which slows down the aging process, inside and out
  7. Do it anywhere – yes, just like it says on the box
  8. Challenging – no time for chit chat, reading a magazine, catching up on the news: HIIT demands your full attention to be effective, but the good news is that each session is short, sharp and seriously hard!

So, are you game to try HIIT out?

The MOOSE can tailor a program specific to your needs, within the timeframe you require, and – you guessed it – deliver it straight to your door.

No excuses accepted!


 


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04:40

The “French Diet” is good. Getting exercise is better.

cheese

17 July 2013

 

For several years, the diet conscious have been intrigued by the "French Paradox": How is it that the French can indulge in cheeses, pastries, and all those rich sauces and yet stay so thin? Yes indeed, the French are gastronomy lovers! They love their food… buying it, preparing it, and most of all, eating it, particularly with friends and family… with the perfect accompaniment of wine of course.  And, in spite of all of this eating and drinking, the French still manage to be slim and to look great.  Is this all too good to be true? 

 

Well, perhaps it is.  You see, we often forget that the French practice moderation.  It may seem like they eat fat laden foods endlessly, but they only have a little bit at a time.  Portion sizes are small.  Whereas many of us may consider chips, cakes, and chocolate a treat, or worse as a means to indulge or as a source of comfort, the French rarely do so.  They eat for the right reason; they eat to satiate hunger.  And, because the food is delicious, it is also satisfying. In turn, they rarely overeat; they are not gluttons. 

 

Furthermore, the French are also keen sportsmen.  While gyms are less ubiquitous in France than in the UK, the French still manage to incorporate a lot of exercise into their daily lives, whether it be playing a game of tennis, going for a bike ride, joining a football match, or just walking from place to place.  To exercise, casually or competitively, is to be healthy.  It is the best way to achieve the body that you want and to feel good in it, not to mention to enjoy the icing on the cake, ie the endorphin highs that exercise yields.  Best of all, you can eat what you want…in moderation…and not feel guilty about it. 

 

So, yes, you can have your cake and eat it too…but just one slice… and don’t forget to throw in some fitness for good measure too!

 


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