You may have heard of HIIT training…..or you may not…well..
I’m going to give you some great benefits of High intensity interval training (HIIT) and why it should be a part of your regular routine.
The best way to describe HIIT training would be any workout that alternates between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense activity or complete rest. Still not quite sure..? ok let me give you an example: You could be on a treadmill running as fast as you could for 1 minute and then walk for 2 minutes. Repeat that 3-minute interval five times for a 15 minute fat blasting workout..Trust me this really works!!
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Let’s get to the benefits…For a start its super efficient, it’s the ideal workout for a busy schedule, (we’ve all heard the excuse “ I have no time”,…Yawn!).With HIIT training you can squeeze in a session during your lunch break, have a fast approaching event you need to get in shape for fast?…then give it a try.
Research has shown you can achieve more progress in 15 minutes of interval training, when done three times a week than the girl jogging on the treadmill for half an hour…( sorry if your THAT girl…!!).
According to a study at the American college of sports medicine in 2011, they concluded that: just two weeks of high intensity intervals improves your aerobic capacity as much as 6-8 weeks of endurance training…Great right..? Less time more results!
You burn more calories during a HIIT workout, the effect of all that exertion kick starts your body’s repair cycle into hyper drive. This means you burn more fat and calories in the 24 hours post HIIT session than you would after a steady-pace session.
Healthier heart- Most people are not used to pushing into their anaerobic zone (that intense place where you feel your heart is about to dive right out of your chest!), extreme training produces extreme results.
A 2006 study found that after 8 weeks of HIIT training, subjects could bicycle for twice as long as they could prior to the study whilst maintain the same pace.
You don’t need any equipment…Anytime…Anywhere…any excuse….!!
High knees, fast feet, or any plyometric movements like jumping lunges work great at raising your heart rate fast. So get jumping, bouncing leaping whatever it takes to raise that heart rate…!!
- Lose weight not muscle-studies show that both weight training and HIIT workout allows dieters to preserve their hard-earned muscles while ensuring most of the weight loss come from fat store…that’s a win!!.
- Increases your metabolism-In addition to fat burning and muscle preservation, HIIT stimulates production of your human growth hormone (HGH) up-to 450 percent during the 24 hours post workout. HGH is not only responsible for increased caloric burn but also slows down the ageing process. Fantastic!!
- You can do it anywhere-As it’s such a simple concept, you can go at maximum effort for a short period of time, followed by a recovery period and repeat, its adaptable to whatever time and space you have.
HIIT training is seriously challenging, you want results right? As it’s such a short workout you are working twice as hard but with faster results, so you may be in pain, feel like you’re going to passout! But I can assure you, you will not get bored! The benefits from HIIT training are rewarding, you will not be disappointed, so get up, get out and give it a try today..!! No excuses… Happy HIIT training everyone.