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May 22 - COVID-19 Olympic Challenge: Fitness Tips

Post Date:05/22/2020 4:30 p.m.
 

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Grand Fitness Updates!


COVID-19 Olympic Challenge: Fitness Tips

You have almost one week left to participate in the COVID-19 Olympic Challenge! We want to urge you to keep moving and be mindful of healthy choices. We encourage you to follow the format that qualifies you for a bronze, silver, or gold medal. Click here to view the format. Remember, this challenge ends Sunday, May 31st, so participate as much as you can. Click here to recap the COVID-19 Fitness Challenge. Listed below are some helpful fitness tips to educate, motivate, and inspire you to get moving!

Hydration:

Keeping the body fully hydrated is essential for the heart and overall health. When the body is dehydrated, the blood becomes thicker, causing blood flow resistance, resulting in elevated blood pressure. 

Some Health Benefits of Drinking Enough Water:

  • Water Helps to Maximize Physical Performance
  • Hydration Has a Major Effect on Energy Levels and Brain Function
  • Drinking Water May Help to Prevent and Treat Headaches
  • Drinking More Water May Help Relieve Constipation
  • Drinking Water May Help Treat Kidney Stones
  • Drinking More Water Can Help with Weight Loss

Suggested formula to use for how much water you should be drinking:

  • Take your weight (in lbs.) and divide it by 2
  • Your total is a rough estimate of how much water you should drink each day

HIIT Training (High-intensity interval training)

High-intensity interval training, also called sprint interval training, is a form of interval training, a cardiovascular exercise strategy alternating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less-intense recovery periods, until too exhausted to continue. Though there is no universal HIIT session duration, these intense workouts typically last under 30 minutes, with times varying based on a participant's current fitness level. The duration of HIIT also depends on the intensity of the session.

Some Benefits of HIIT Training:

  • Burns calories and fat in a shorter period of time – HIIT is great if you have a limited amount of time to workout
  • Effective energy use – HIIT uses a system of work-hard-then-recovery intervals, alternating between high-intensity workouts with short resting periods
  • Boosts metabolism – The American College of Sports and Medicine said that High-Intensity Interval Training helps you consume more oxygen than a non-interval workout routine.

Suggested HIIT video to add to your challenge this week  https://youtu.be/ml6cT4AZdqI


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