The Centers for Disease Control now states that 1 in 5 emergency room visits are the result of participation in sports and exercise programs. The staggering 4 million annual emergency room visits have not only been deemed hazardous to your health, but also to your checkbook. The Consumer Products Safety Commission reports that the public spends more than $49 Billion dollars annually on preventable injuries to children alone.

Whatever your exercise goals, getting injured is definitely not one of them. However; a study from the University of Arkansas states that there has been a 35 percent increase in exercise injuries in recent years. We are all urged to exercise in order to stay in shape and avoid getting fat, but are you at risk of injury? Injuries associated with aerobics and weight training has increased over 173 percent in recent years according to a U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission report.

If the goal is to live longer, you will need to remain active longer and avoid exercise induced injuries. The type of exercise has been found to be an important factor in the development of injuries.

The Failure of Classic, Common Exercise Vs. The Anti-Aging, Performance-Boosting Exercise

Standard cardio is generally the long, slow, boring exercise that people hate. Long walks, long runs and hours per week on treadmills and ellipticals are also known as “low-intensity, long duration, high-injury” activity. There are several metabolic effects worth mentioning in regards to this form of exercise. This type of exercise raises stress hormones such as cortisol, which has been shown to store fat, break down muscle and inhibit exercise recovery. It also decreases human growth hormone (HGH), which is necessary for building muscle and burning fat.

You can get in the shape of your life and avoid injuries with high intensity, short duration exercise. In this revolutionary type of exercise the amount HGH released is directly proportional to the exercise intensity. HGH is the hormone that allows for greater muscle growth and fat reduction.

The metabolic effects of high intensity, short duration is outstanding! There is increased fat and carbohydrate burning after this type of exercise. Research suggests exercise is important not only physically, but it has a powerful mental effect as well. Increased beta-endorphin levels associated with high intensity exercise have been found more beneficial than antidepressants.

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Author's Bio: 

Cory Couillard has owned two private practices and has been the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Brand Officer for the largest privately owned clinic in the United States. While doing missionary work in Africa he fell in love with serving the amazing people and had a vision to help transform how healthcare is being delivered. He worked as a doctor and clinical director of one of the largest clinics in the world. He is pioneering and reforming how healthcare and health insurance is being administered and delivered in Africa and worldwide. He is active in professional development, education, research and clinical case studies. Africa has been and continues to be an amazing venue to serve on the highest level and provide cutting edge health programs and development.

Cory is currently a professional healthcare writer for newspapers, magazines and other publications in over a dozen countries. He is also involved with the development of two international television health programs.