Say Yes to NO (Nitric Oxide) with the Four Minute Workout
Nitric oxide, aka NO to chemists, is a simple but vital molecule made by the single-cell lining of your blood vessels, the endothelium.
When you exercise hard and run out of oxygen (you feel your muscles ache), NO is released, which literally opens up your blood vessels, improving circulation, delivering more oxygen and nutrients for muscle performance and growth. 💪
By contrast, poor diet, high cholesterol, and stress, can limit or block NO release, leading to circulation and heart problems.
More useful facts: Blood vessels store around 90 seconds of NO, and the body can regenerate nitric oxide every couple of hours, giving you the chance to release it several times every day.
For busy people that’s great news: The most time-effective way to boost your circulation and tone muscles, is to work out very intensely and briefly, every few hours.
Enter the Four Minute Workout, or “Nitric oxide dump” by Zach Bush, MD. It’s a new high-intensity interval training (HIIT) routine, and revolves around the body’s ability to use nitric oxide for muscle growth. It’s an efficient anaerobic workout, for multiple times per day. 💨
In just 4️⃣ minutes ⏲️ you activate the 1️⃣6️⃣ largest muscle groups in your body. It is free, easy, effective, and could be the best way to start toning your body systems.😃😃
At Leafside, this exercise is a team favorite. Almost every day, we take a timeout for fast squats, robot arms, angel arms, and presses. In 4min it boosts our energy & productivity, while we play fun and upbeat music — a great way for some team bonding.