Tone HIIT 2

What are the reasons for going to the gym?

Part 1 – The effect on your brain!

Exercise is associated with a better quality of life and reduced risk of developing diseases such as osteoporosis, and coronary heart diseases. In addition, exercise has been shown as neuroprotective. Yes, it can protect your brain through, for example, reduction of inflammatory process, neurogenesis strengthening and new synaptic connections. Scientists suggest that a substantia called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) may be responsible for changes in brain structure.

But what kind of exercise is necessary to increase this substantia? Indeed, this is a very good question. The evidence remains inconclusive, with aerobic and resistance strength exercises showing potential improvement in BDNF. However, there is one thing in common, the exercise intensity and volume are considered important factors for brain protection. Improvement in cognition is also related with exercise intensity for both exercises (aerobic and strength resistance training).

The high-intensity interval training (HIIT) classes are not only important for losing a bit of waist fat and getting fit but, it may protect your brain. The goal of the boxing class for our seniors are based not only on fitness but are planned to challenge their balance, strength and brain. There are some barriers for exercising, such as lack of time, and lack of information. High Intensity interval training classes offered by Arena Fitness are a time effective method to achieve your goals. The classes usually take only 30 to 60 min.

There are many physical health benefits gained through group exercise especially with HIIT training, however the benefits extend well beyond to encompass mental health and specifically to enhancing ones’ sense of belonging. Group fitness sparks new friendships and ignites motivation by belonging to a “team”.

Team exercise is a way to find and interact with people that have similar interests in training, enhancing enjoyment and fun whilst exercising. Training as a team has shown that individuals will exert more energy (and achieve greater results) through team principals of accountability, encouragement, motivation and support. This is especially true during times of fatigue or lack of co-ordination which otherwise would negatively impact motivation and results.

Satisfaction attained from team exercise plays a huge part in positively impacting on ones’ exercise behaviour through more focused and committed routines of exercise. This also translates into other life skills, promoting self-determination and focus in other aspects of daily life.