What is HIIT?
HIIT is short for High Intensity Interval Training and is described as any workout that alternates between intense burst of activity and fixed period of rest or active recovery. It is an ideal workout for a busy schedule whether you want to squeeze in a short lunchtime session or to get in shape for a fast-approaching event. Research shows you can achieve more than jogging on the treadmill for an hour. According to a 2011 study presented at the American College of Sports Medicine, just two weeks of high-intensity intervals improves your aerobic capacity as much as 6-8 weeks of endurance training.
What are the benefits of HIIT training?
- It’s efficient
- You’ll burn more fat
- You’ll build a healthier heart
- There’s no equipment necessary
- You lose weight, not muscle
- You’ll increase your metabolism
- You can do it anywhere
- You challenge your body every time
A HIIT workout normally goes for 15-20 minutes. If you can go more than 20 minutes, that means you’re not pushing yourself hard enough. This is not a workout you can do while reading a magazine – you will be working hard the whole time reaching your maximum effort. HIIT will challenge your body every time and the best thing is that you won’t get bored. Keep your workouts fun and new every day. You can also record every workout you’ve completed to compare results for a later date. By doing this, it will help you identify exercisers you still need to improve on or any improvements you have achieved. No excuses – make time to exercise! For optimal result, it is recommended for you to do HIIT workouts in conjunction with good nutrition.