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High Intensity Interval Training Will Change the Way You Exercise!

July 11, 2019

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is one of the top five fitness trends in the world, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. It combines short bursts of intense activity with periods of less intense activity or rest.

High intensity exercise raises your heart rate to above 90% and forces your body into an anaerobic state. This depletes the glycogen in your muscles much faster, and forces your body to start burning fat for energy.

Why is HIIT so Popular?

It’s Faster

You can be in and out of the gym in less than 30 minutes. Sounds like a dream, right?

Twenty minutes of HIIT exercise is equivalent to 40-50 minutes of regular cardio exercise. This makes it ideal for people with busy schedules who only have time to squeeze in a short workout.

It Works

HIIT is one of the best ways to get in shape within a short time. Your body burns more fat during HIIT and keeps burning it for up to 48 hours after your workout. This means that you’ll see results much faster!

HIIT is also one of the few workouts that burns fat while retaining muscle mass. This makes it the perfect cardio exercise for bodybuilders or anyone wanting to preserve their hard-earned muscles.

It Can be Done Anywhere

Traveling for work and don’t have access to gym equipment? No problem, just do a HIIT workout. As long as you can do a high intensity activity such as sprinting, jumping jacks, burpees or mountain climbers, you can do a HIIT workout.

HIIT Workouts for Beginners

Running + Power Walking

This starter workout involves running as fast as you can for one minute (or a few seconds) and then power walking for 2 minutes. Repeat these two exercises five times for a short but effective 15-minute workout. You can do this work outside or on a treadmill.

Tabata

Tabata is a type of HIIT exercise that involves pushing yourself hard for 20 seconds and resting for 10 seconds. This cycle is repeated 8 times for a total of 4 minutes.

The high intensity exercises can be jumping jacks, burpees, pushups, mountain climbers or squats. If you do a 4-minute round of each of these exercises, you should have a 20-minute HIIT workout. 

Cycling

You can do a HIIT workout when cycling by simply alternating between standing and sitting pedaling. Stand and pedal as fast as you can for 30 seconds and then sit and pedal at a moderate pace for 30 seconds.

If you’re doing conventional cardio but haven’t been seeing the results you want, try HIIT. It might just be the jolt your body needs!

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