If you managed to catch this episode of “The Truth about Getting Fit at Home” at 9pm on the 13th of January, you might have caught a glimpse of CMARs Beth Phillips.
The BBC documenatary explored the best way to get the most out of your exercise at home. Presenter Mehreen Baig speaks to experts in heart health, fitness and physiology (including CMARs Beth Phillips) to discover the most effective ways to work out without stepping foot in a gym.
Beth talked about the benefits of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and how it involves short bursts of gruelling cardio exercise, such as running or jumping, interspersed with the same amount of rest time and how it has been shown to increase the fitness of your heart and lungs, and reduce body fat and improve blood sugar control. The benefit being it can be done in a compressed time scale, so a lot of HIIT workouts are only 15 minutes in duration, whereas if you went for a run you would take 45 minutes. Intensity is key for being able to see benefits with HIIT.
Beth went on to talk about the benefits of yoga and explained the same effects can be achieved with some forms of yoga – particularly Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga, which are fast-paced.
The episode is available to watch via the BBCs iPlayer until the end of 2021 – https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000r7bb/the-truth-about-getting-fit-at-home