Try HIT for younger looking skin!
Says Lee Garrett of The Garrett Clinic, Harley Street
For some time now we’ve been told that HIT (high intensity training) is the most effective form of exercise for keeping fit.
Short bursts of regular activity, combined with recovery periods of lower intensity exercise, pumps up the heart and delivers a healthy burst of oxygen to our cells improving our aerobic capacity, carbohydrate metabolism and insulin sensitivity and fat loss.
But now it seems there’s an added benefit to HIT. It can keep you looking younger for longer by reversing the declining ability of our cells to generate energy.
According to New Scientist magazine, researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota proved just how effective HIT can be for older participants.
They assigned groups of people aged between 18 and 30 and between 65 and 80 to three months of interval training, weight training or a combination of the two. Muscle biopsies were taken before and afterwards to measure the impact of these regimes on their cells.
They focused on the mitochondria (organelles that act like a digestive system which takes in nutrients, breaks them down, and creates energy rich molecules for our cells) and found that interval training boosted the ability of the mitochondria to generate energy by 69 per cent in older volunteers, and by 49 per cent in the younger group.
HIT participants in the study also saw surges in lung, heart and circulation health. The amount of oxygen they could inhale and consume at full tilt rose by 28 per cent in the younger group and by 17 per cent in the older group.
“These improvements would have a direct effect on a person’s skin and its regenerative properties,” says skin guru Lee Garrett of The Garret Clinic in Harley Street.
“By increasing blood flow, skin cells are nourished as blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body. In addition to providing oxygen, blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from dying cells.
“So, by increasing blood flow in during an exercise session you will help to flush cellular debris out of the system. This will help prevent premature ageing and leave your skin with a more youthful bloom.
In addition to increased fat burning and more muscle preserved, HIT stimulates production of your natural human growth hormone (HGH) by up to 450 percent during the 24 hours after you finish your workout. This is great news since HGH is not only responsible for increased caloric burn but also slows down the aging process, making you younger both inside and out!