How Non-Athletes Can Benefit from Training Zones

An enjoyable way you can get the most out of exercise — it involves humming.

Cindy de Villiers

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Bio-hackers and influencers, baring their abs, entreat us to do high-intensity interval training, also known as HIIT. If it has worked for them, it will work for you. If it is not working, you are not doing it properly, or you are not committed enough. Maybe you need to buy their supplement?

Why You Need to Know About Training Zones

Exercise is a stress that the body responds to by adapting. If the stress is too great the body’s ability to adapt may be insufficient, leading to fatigue, injury, and inflammation. If the stress is insufficient, adaption does not occur. For optimal adaption, you want the stress to be at just the right level. For most of us, the optimal stress is exercising in Zone 2.

For most non-athletes, the adaptions we seek from exercise are fat loss and health. For these goals, we want our bodies to get efficient at using stored food (fat) as fuel. The wonderful little organelles that convert stored food into fuel are the mitochondria. Most cells in the body have hundreds of mitochondria working tirelessly for us.

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Cindy de Villiers

Practicing Functional MD developing a diagnostic and treatment online platform, incorporating wearables and AI. Always questioning.