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High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a workout routine that alternates between intense burst of exercise and short recovery period. One example is running as fast as you can for a minute, and then walking for two minutes. Repeat this three-minute interval for 15 minutes to get the most fat-burning effect. It sounds too simple to be effective, but the intense burst of exercise is what makes the training more fat-burning than the traditional workout. Read on for more benefits of HIIT.

1. It’s Efficient

HIIT is an ideal workout for busy people. Research shows that you can achieve more progress in a 15-minute HIIT routine (done three times a week) than a one-hour jogging on a treadmill. In just two weeks of interval training, you can improve your stamina as much as six weeks of endurance training.

2. It Burns More Fat

Looking to lose those love handles? HIIT can take care of that faster than other forms of exercise. The effects of your high-intensity training kick your body’s natural repair process into hyperdrive, meaning you continuously burn fat in the next 24 hours after working out, not just during the workout.

3. It Burns More Calories

A 10-minute HIIT can burn more calories than a 30-minute run on a treadmill. Plus, just as you burn fat during the next 24 hours after the training, you will also burn more calories post-HIIT as well.

4. Less Equipment Is Needed

One of the best things about HIIT is that you get an intense workout sans the equipment. This means, even if you do not have access to a gym, don’t have dumbbells and kettlebells at home or you travel a lot, you can still workout. Burpees, squats, sprints, high knees—there are so many ways to sweat by just using your own bodyweight.

5. You Won’t Get Bored

This isn’t a workout you can do while chatting with a friend or reading a magazine. Because HIIT is too short and constantly changes, you will be working hard the entire time. You may feel sore, you may be out of breath, but you will never get bored. (Hint: If you ever feel bored during an HIIT session, it’s time to up your intensity level.)

What’s not to love about HIIT? It’s efficient, quick and delivers fast results. These are just a few of the many benefits you’ll get with high-intensity interval training.

Health screening tests are not only beneficial for adults, but also for children’s overall health. Through conducting physical check-ups and tests, Singapore physicians are able to identify potential health problems that a child might develop. Most childhood health complications can be corrected before they turn to worse health issues that might be carried on the by the child as he ages.

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Through these executive health screening tests, regular physical activities, and a healthy diet, you’ll be able to teach your child on how he can develop a healthy lifestyle that can last a lifetime.

1. Blood Pressure Test

Adults are not the only ones who should undergo this health screening test. Starting at age 3, your child can already start having his blood pressure measurements done regularly. A high blood pressure in children can be alarming and needs special medical attention. This can also serve as a symptom of an underlying disease, which might lead to some serious health complications if left unchecked and untreated. Do consult your physician with regards your child’s blood pressure measurements.

2. Lead Testing

Another important test that should be included in health screening packages for children is lead testing. Lead can be harmful for your child, slowing both their physical and mental growth, and damaging some parts of the body. One of the common ways that children get lead poisoning is by staying in places with chipping or peeling house paint.
Experts in Singapore recommend that children ages one to two years old should already have lead tests. If you’re positive about the following incidents or situations, then it’s advised that you have your child checked earlier and more frequently.

• Together with your child, you’ve live in or regularly visited any house built before 1950. (This includes preschool, day care centres, or a home of a relative.)
• Your child’s brother or sister, or playmate has been treated for lead poisoning.

3. Hearing and Vision Test

Vision tests on children should be done before they start going to school, or at around ages three to four, and should be frequently done as he ages. It is recommended to take a combination of health screening options in Singapore around the same age. If your child happen to experience any signs of vision problems (frequent headaches, squinting, blurred or double vision), as well as signs of hearing problems (poor response to voices or noises, slow speech and language development), then we suggest that you talk with your child’s healthcare provider.

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4. Anaemia Test

Anaemia is a common health problem in children. It is condition wherein an individual has lesser than normal count of red blood cells or haemoglobin in the blood. Treating this illness depends on the type of anaemia that your child has and its causes. To prevent this complication from worsening, doctors suggest to have your child undergo an anaemia test as early as one year old. Anaemia-related health problems can be avoided when anaemia in children is diagnosed at an early stage.

5. Tuberculosis Skin Test

Have your child undergo this health screening test if he has been in close contact with a person who has tuberculosis, or has lived in an area where this disease is quite common than average. If the results show that your child has been infected with TB bacteria, then he will be advised to undergo certain medications to prevent the infection from becoming active and spreading to others.

6. Cholesterol Level Test

A high level cholesterol is not good both for adults and children as it could possible lead to serious health complications. Children who have parents with a high cholesterol level, or relative who suffered a heart disease before age of 55, are advised to undergo this test as early as two years old. Even without family history of having high cholesterol, testing will still be needed if the child has a high blood pressure or is obese.

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Being healthy means being fit. This sounds easy but executing it proves to be difficult. The Singapore government encourages us to stay healthy. In fact, private organizations join the call of the government for a healthier society.

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We are actually in the right track. Healthy and fit people are now commended. For example, there is a competition that aims to seek the fittest people here in Singapore. The competition is called ELITE 2015 and it already started on April 19, 2015.

There were many contestants. The Men’s Open award went to John Cheah and the Women’s Open award went to Chew Feng Yi. It did not end there because Team Mobilus was also awarded for displaying camaraderie.

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There are Singaporeans who were inspired of the display of a healthy life but there are others that simply ignore it. If we want to be healthy, we have to think of two elements. These elements are interconnected. This means that overall healthy life cannot be achieved without the presence of the other. Here are the two elements:

  • Diet: Healthy life is not only pure exercise. This is what others believe. We have to know that diet plays a vital role in ensuring a healthy life. We have to make the right decisions even when eating. If we want a professional advice, we can always employ the help of dieticians and nutritionist. If this is expensive, we can just research.
  • Exercise: Let us not devout all our time in exercise. Yes, exercise is very important but not to the point to straining the body too much. We can also ask the help of personal trainers because they of all people know how to maximize exercise.

Now that we know the elements, we have to make this happen.

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