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Increased heart rate

In the last few articles, we've discussed High-Intensity Interval Training, also known as HIIT. And we've found a difference between a leisurely walk and a fast jog, and the intensity of the training is essential to engage our longevity genes fully.


Although many forms of exercise have health benefits, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) - an activity that dramatically increases heart rate and respiratory rate - turns on the most health-promoting genes, even more so in older exercisers.


We have received several questions from you about what a significantly elevated heart rate means, how much it is, and how to measure it. That is why we are devoting today's article to this very topic.


Our body is a genius - it has a built-in system to measure exercise intensity, and that's our heart.
Our body is a genius - it has a built-in system to measure exercise intensity, and that's our heart.

First, for all those with health problems, who are overweight, over 40 and those who have not exercised for a long time: be sure to consult your doctor before starting an exercise programme. You should be aware that your target heart rate range may need to be professionally recalculated due to different circumstances, considering your health and general fitness.


Also, some medications can change your heart rate response to exercise, so talk to your doctor about your medications and how they may affect your exercise plans.