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Health & Fit How HIIT Helped This Former Pro Athlete Deal With His Depression

21:25  14 january  2020
21:25  14 january  2020 Source:   menshealth.com

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When Davey Hoops was laid off, he started to spiral downward. The 29-year-old entrepreneur from Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, was diagnosed as clinically depressed the following month, and stopped leaving the house. A former professional soccer player, he quit exercising and instead comforted himself with takeout food. He was depressed, listless, and embarrassed to do anything about it.

a man standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: HIIT Workouts Helped This Guy Deal With Depression© Davey Hoops HIIT Workouts Helped This Guy Deal With Depression

He gained 70 pounds, hitting 224 pounds. At 5’8”m that made him morbidly obese. He was 27. “I just wanted the world to swallow me up and I really felt like there was no way out,” he says. “It was a never-ending spiral of feeling depressed, eating to make myself feel better, weight gain and feeling depressed again.”

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Hoops confronted himself one morning, taking stock of the situation. “I decided that I wasn’t going to let this period of my life define me and I was going to achieve everything I had ever dreamed of,” he says. He got off the couch and made himself take a half-hour walk. He came back motivated. “I decided my legacy was going to be how I overcame this illness, lost my weight and started to help others do the same,” he says.

He disciplined himself into getting up at 4 a.m. every morning to exercise: high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and bodyweight workouts. He prepared all his meals and tracked his calories. Where previously he had no motivation to do much of anything, he forced himself into a routine. “I would prepare my food the day before,” he says, “I would lay out my gym clothes the night before, and I would plan my workouts in advance.”

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He had a friend who kept him accountable through online coaching, and had a pretty good knowledge base on his own from which to draw. As he got fitter, he felt like a better person; that, too, kept him motivated. “Going back to that terrible life I had before just simply was not going to happen,” he says.

In five months, he lost 70 pounds, putting him back to his pre-layoff weight. He was motivated again, ready to face any challenges in his life. “I had more energy,” he says, “and I developed awesome habits such as being an early riser, regular gym goer, and confident public speaker.”

It happened so quickly that even his family and friends were surprised at the change; they started to ask if he could help them lose weight, too. He launched a business to do just that. “Giving value and support to others is all I want to do and being able to do this was a great feeling,” he says.

For Hoops, it was a remarkable turnaround. But he believes anyone can do it. “Start small and do the simple things,” he says. “It will be scary and hard, but with consistent hard work and the right guidance you can achieve anything.”

Exercise Significantly Reduces Depression, Study Says

  Exercise Significantly Reduces Depression, Study Says Exercise will do your body and mind a world of good, keeping you further away from depression.Increased levels of physical activity can significantly reduce depression, even among people genetically predisposed to the condition, according to a study conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital. An 11-year study also confirms this point. It found people who engaged in regular leisure-time exercise for only one hour a week were less likely to become depressed. On the other hand, those who didn’t exercise were 44 percent more likely to become depressed compared to those who did so for at least one to two hours a week.

The 50 all-time best exercises for weight loss (The Active Times)

Natalie Knight, Larry Allen are posing for a picture: There are many different exercises you can do for just about any type of goal. Want to be more flexible? Try yoga. Looking for more muscle mass? Focus on strength training. And if it’s weight loss you’re after, you’re certainly not alone. In the most recent report of its kind, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 49% of U.S. adults tried to lose weight in a 12-month period.Losing weight is a layered issue and requires more than just an exercise regimen, including a diet with food specific to your goal of weight loss, but the gym (or at home on a mat) is where most Americans begin their weight-loss journey. According to the Mayo Clinic, you need a reduction of 500 to 750 calories a day through diet and exercise to lose 1.5 pounds a week. It should also be noted that having goals is good, but being too specific in them is one of the ways you’re sabotaging your workout, so it is important to realize that not every exercise or routine works the same way for everyone. The Active Times consulted Stephanie Mansour, health and fitness expert and host of “Step It Up with Steph,” which airs weekend mornings on PBS stations nationwide, to help us put together a comprehensive list of the all-time best exercises for weight loss. We also consulted Harvard Medical School’s guidelines to determine how many calories are burned during some of these routines and gathered information from other popular fitness trainers and the American Council on Exercise for tips on how to do some of the movements properly to get the most out of your workout.

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Here's Why You Should Do HIIT Before You LiftThe guys reported feeling equally fatigued, explains study author Tony Nuñez, an exercise scientist at Metropolitan State University of Denver. But doing intervals before weights netted higher energy expenditure and greater post-exercise oxygen consumption—which means the workout challenged the body more during and after. By measuring the blood lactate concentration, Nuñez and his team tracked the exercises’ intensities. The segmented exercise, where weights and cardio were mixed together, gave the guys recovery time between the HIIT rounds, so they expended less energy.

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