Does it take all of your energy to get on the treadmill? or bike or even to get yourself out for a walk? Me too!
As it turns out, one of the most effective types of exercises is also the most time-efficient, namely high-intensity interval training such as Peak 8 exercises. Peak 8 can be done in a mere 20 minutes, two to three times a week. (The actual sprinting totals only four minutes per session!) Sweeeeet!
Benefits and side effects may include (but are not limited to):
- Increases your Human Growth Hormone, HGH, aka “anti-aging” hormone
- Decrease in body fat
- Improved muscle tone
- Firmer skin and reduces wrinkles
- Increase in energy and sexual desire
- Improved athletic speed and performance
- Ability to achieve your fitness goals much faster
Performing Peak 8 has very simple rules to follow. Only do this style of cardio 2-3 times per week, any more may be counterproductive. Do not eat high fat foods before you exercise as this may disrupt the production of HGH (that’s the one you want to increase!), and avoid sugar (including sugary or fake sugary drinks for at least an hour after exercising.
Peak 8 may be used with any form of exercise: walking, biking, jogging, skipping rope, dancing, etc.
- Warm up for three minutes
- Exercise as hard and fast as you can for 20-30 seconds. You should be gasping for breath and feel like you couldn’t possibly go on another few seconds
- Recover for 90 seconds, still doing your form of exercise, but at slower pace and decreased resistance
- Repeat the high intensity exercise and recovery 7 more times
When you first start out, I suggest doing the intense exercise/recovery cycle for only 4 times and build up to the 8. You really want your heart rate to get back down to a moderate level before performing the next cycle, so if you need more than 90 seconds in-between intervals, please do so! And have Fun!