You may see your friends and neighbors indulging in certain activities that look really fun, but it may not be suitable for you. Let’s look at a program that is popular today; High-Intensity Interval Training. This is a more intense style of training that makes you work up a sweat, gets your heart rate moving quickly, and makes you feel like you are getting in an awesome workout, in less time. It is fun and exciting and it is usually done in a group setting so people seem to really enjoy it!
Before deciding which type of training program you are going to start implementing into your lifestyle, you should go to a professional who can help you better determine which one is best for you. There are risks no matter which workout program you choose.
If you do choose HIIT I recommend limiting this type of training to two times per week in order to prevent injuries such as tendonitis. Increased speed combined with high repetitions will cause you to exert more force on your joints. This can lead to both overuse injuries and acute injuries, both of which will impact you in a negative way.
Again, asking a qualified fitness expert is your best bet. When trainers are considering implementing a High-Intensity Interval program for a client, they will do an assessment to determine the fitness level of that client. If your trainer determines that HIIT is suitable for you, they will try to tailor your workout appropriately.
HIIT can be a great tool for getting into shape, but it may not be the best one for you. If you choose to engage in a program like HITT, try to incorporate strength training as well. This could help prevent future injuries by strengthening the stabilizing muscles around the joints.