We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but someone has to do it: cold and flu season is fast approaching. Ah yes, the time of year full of coughing, sneezing, and sniffling. Nobody enjoys getting sick, and depending on the severity of your symptoms, catching a cold or the nasty influenza virus will often leave you feeling drained and helpless. That is why it is important to take extra precautions this time of year to help you prevent catching any bugs. Unless you plan to live in a plastic bubble for the next few months, there are plenty of other ways that you can ward off those nasty germs. Flu shots, extra vitamins, vigorous hand-washing, and strange herbal remedies that your aunt swears by are all measures people take to avoid getting sick.
However, there is another way to reduce your chances of catching the flu that many people don’t even know about, and that’s High-Intensity Training, or HIT.
Prevent The Cold and Flu With HIT Workouts
Many studies have shown that working out can help reduce your chances of catching a cold or flu, but a quick jog on the treadmill or lunges in your hallway isn’t going to cut it. If you are serious about warding off germs that can lead to the cold or flu, your workouts need to be turned up a notch.
You see, when you exercise, you increase your circulation and your blow flow throughout your body. The components of your immune system are also better circulated, which means your immune system has a better chance of finding and eliminating an illness before it spreads. This includes, but is certainly not limited to, seasonal colds and the influenza virus. When you work out, physical activity can help expel bacteria from the lungs and the rise in body temperature can help kill off any infectious bugs and viruses.
A study published in the American Journal of Medicine showed that women who exercised regularly were found to have half the risk of colds compared with those who did not work out. The study also revealed that the ability of moderate exercise to fight off colds seemed to grow the longer it was used.
Remember, Intensity Matters
In order to get the most benefits from your exercise, you need to both challenge your body while allowing enough time for your muscles to repair and recover. One of the best ways to accomplish this is with HIT, which consists of short, slowed, bursts of high-intensity exercise. HIT workouts can HIIT helps with enhancing your secretion of human growth hormone, optimizing your metabolism, and it helps regulate your insulin and blood sugar levels. Plus, nothing beats this workout when it comes to efficiency — you can complete an effective high-intensity workout in under 30 minutes!
Try Our HIT Workouts At QuickHit Fitness Labs
At QuickHit Fitness Labs, our quick and effective workouts are great for those looking to lose weight, build muscle, improve their overall health—and yes—help with cold and flu prevention. Our HIT workouts follow a super slow style of training, which takes the momentum factor out of training. This means that your muscles will work harder than they would in a traditional workout because there is no momentum to give your body a boost. And, because you’re working harder and more efficiently, you can spend less time in the gym.
We hope that everyone stays safe and healthy this cold and flu season, and we encourage you to try our workouts so that you can experience the effectiveness of HIT fitness. If you are interested in learning more about our Robotically Controlled Resistance System™ or how HIT workouts can help improve your health, contact QuickHIT Fitness Lab today!