How many of us are constantly on the lookout for new and exciting ways to get fit and maintain a healthy weight while staying inside a budget? I would guess that most of us would fall into this category. After all, you don’t need to be a hard-core exercise freak or a nutrition nut in order to be looking for ways to keep active and eat the right foods.
In recent years, however, it seems there are so many fads and buzzwords surrounding exercise and nutrition that it can be quite difficult to decide what the best regime should include. One workout type that’s been on the radar for a while now is LISS – but does this interestingly-named workout offer? And should you investigate further? We take a look at LISS in our short guide below:
What is LISS?
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) alternates moderate and high intensity exercise, and has a number of reputed benefits including effectiveness for fat burning as well as a potentially positive impact on blood glucose levels. HIIT may not be for everyone give that its bursts of high intensity exercise may take a little getting used to – but as a concept and as a way of exercising it has become fairly well established. A number of high profile health organisations also endorse HIIT.
Almost a kind of opposite to HIIT, LISS (low-intensity steady-state) involves one long burst of lower intensity activity. The name low-intensity steady-state sounds quite scientific, as if it would be referred to in a large stack of articles on all your favourite health sites, backing it up. However, information on LISS isn’t quite as ubiquitous as you’d expect. Given that it’s a simple form of workout, and with no real unique selling point (low- to moderate-intensity exercise already exists) maybe there’s no need. In other words, LISS may just be a new name for a well established form of exercise. That’s perhaps no bad thing – after all slower, low intensity exercise types are recommended the world over – with walking being one of the main recommendations (not just for overall health but for lowering risk of various conditions).
Most LISS exercises are also usually free, making it an appealing option for the budget-conscious who want to live a healthy lifestyle. Think walking, biking at a steady pace, doing stairs, or taking a moderate-level swim.
Can LISS help me lose weight?
The question of losing weight is a difficult one to answer in the context of exercise. For instance, if you’re building muscle mass – well, muscle has weight. So it is conceivable that someone could initiate a health regime with plenty of exercise, and end up with less body fat but also weigh the same as when they started.
If you’re taking up LISS and hoping to lose weight, then healthy eating will also be an essential part of your weight loss. Studies have indicated that HIIT burns “significantly more” body fat than steady-state, but – again – healthy eating is part of the deal. No amount of exercise – of whatever intensity – can simply counteract a bad diet.
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