by Sunil Bali, 15-01-2017

It’s been proven that High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is very good for the body, but now research at The Human Performance Institute in Florida has shown that Zero Intensity Interval Training (ZIIT) is very good for the mind.

Researchers found that given time and space, the human brain will provide clarity and solutions for problems which leave everyday rationality flummoxed.

Constant mental traffic prevents us from seeing clearly, listening deeply, and tapping in to our intuition.

A period of deliberate rest, even as short as 60 seconds, increases oxytocin levels and allows the brain to settle into creativity boosting alpha waves.

The research is unequivocal. The best way to get more done is to do less, and be mindless rather than "mindfull".

Whether you’re Usain Bolt or Richard Branson, the cycle of peak performance is the same:

intense focus → energetic execution → deep recovery → intense focus.

Or in practical terms, a period of deliberate practice (30-40mins), followed by a period of deliberate rest (a few minutes).

All topped off with a good night’s clean sleep at the end of the day.

Blog done, now time for a mental meander and some zero intensity training.



  • It was such an emotional wedding. Even the cake was in tiers.
  • I’m getting rid of my vacuum cleaner. All it was doing was gathering dust.
  • A blowfly goes into a bar and asks: “Is that stool taken?"
  • A very old man was driving his car down a one-way street when a policeman stopped him. The cop said, “Didn’t you see the arrows?” “Arrows?” replied the old man, “I didn’t even see the Indians."
  • Gambling has brought our family together. We had to move to a smaller house.
  • How much better would it be if a liar’s pants really did catch fire?

Ps. My very good friend, fellow speaker and performance guru Craig Goldblatt, is delivering one of his fabulous Inspired seminars in January: I’ll be there, so do come and say hi if you can make it.


Live big & love deep.