Less is often more. During recovery, patients are often told that exercise strategies like high intensity interval training (HIIT) will help them to recover faster. This, however, is not always the case. The promise behind HIIT is that it can produce increased endurance and fitness in a shorter period of time when compared to other exercise modalities. Our physical therapist, Kevin McGuinness, advocates for low intensity steady state training (LISS).

LISS which includes activities such as a brisk walk or easy swim, provides a stark contrast to the all-out efforts that make up HIIT. Kevin worked with one of our patients, Carolee, a writer for the Washington Post’s Life Style and Wellness section to discuss the advantages of LISS training. Click here to read the article. 

How can LISS help patients recovering from hip arthroscopy? LISS is a great tool to help patients work towards their previous level of fitness. Therapists like Kevin consider it a spring-board towards more functional or higher-intensity exercises. Because LISS is lower impact than other exercise modalities, patients are at a lower risk for re-injury. LISS can also be used as a form of exercise in-between therapy sessions during your recovery. Alternatively,  HIIT exercises can include twisting, jumping, and sprinting which can put stress on your hip and set back a patients’ recovery.

Patients can start LISS training as soon as they are cleared by their physician post operatively. We suggest anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes at 50 to 60 percent of your maximum heart rate. The goal is to get your heart rate up for an extended period of time to enhance cardiovascular health and overall fitness.  This can be slowly incorporated into our Return to Running Protocol.

Do you have questions about the applicability of LISS for you? Give us a call to speak to our staff and learn more about getting the most out of your recovery.