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Exploring Intensity

The Secret to Exercise? Consistency

One of the things about exercise that we like to tell ourselves is that sooner or later we’ll get used to it. One day we’ll wake up and the idea of going to the gym will be second nature for us. And maybe one day it will. But if you[…]

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Can We Learn From Primate Heart Studies?

A new study looking at both primates and men may hold some very novel, and important, insights about how our hearts work. Humans share traits and genetic material with gorillas. Harvard researchers wanted to understand how our hearts differ from primates as humans are built for endurance. For years these[…]

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Is There a Downside to HIIT?

We have written often about the great things you can get from doing high-intensity exercise; makes you feel great, helps reduce risk of disease, burns calories efficiently, can be fun. But there are a couple negative aspects of high intensity fitness we should note. 1. Injury risk. There is a[…]

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What Are the Health Benefits of Intense Exercise?

There are oodles of articles that list out the benefits of high intensity exercise from various studies. We are going to give a quick summary. Imagine the infomercial we will run. The announcer will list: Burns calories efficiently. Short bursts of exercise raise the heart rate quickly, so an intense[…]

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Do 4 minutes of HIIT and Live Longer

At Cardio High we like to focus on exercising for brief moments at a high intensity level. We measure the intensity using heart rate monitors. It turns out that short bursts of intense exercise increase lifespan. This is a difficult thing to prove in a lab, however a group of[…]

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Why 9,815 is the Magic Number When it Comes to Exercise

We all know that a lot of good things come from exercise that we can’t see. But even then, it was surprising to see a new study showing that our molecules — 9,815 of them in this instance — changed during exercise. Stanford researchers and others took 36 men and[…]

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Why Did Cardio High Select Manual Gear?

Why did we pick the gear we use at Cardio High? Dr S states: Because “Unicorns are not for page 27. They are for eternity.” -Jasper Fforde  In other words, movement and exercise isn’t a phase, ideally it’s a lifelong endeavor. Cardio High works to embody that belief in many[…]

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How Do I Get Off The Couch?

How do I get off the couch just to do it? To just move, even if it’s not vigorous? I am asked that multiple times each week by people looking to manage their health or mood with exercise.  Here goes: Choose an activity you are reasonably sure you’ll like: walking[…]

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Is 4 Seconds of HIIT Enough to Make You Healthy?

At Cardio High we are amused by studies to find the absolute smallest amount someone can exercise and find benefit. The New York Times made the 7-minute workout a popular routine a few years ago, with claims that 7 minutes of exercise a few times each week would make an[…]

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