5 Benefits of HIIT Training (and, why you should be adding this to your workout regimen)
Incorporating exercise into our busy lives is hard enough, with HIIT (High Intensity-Interval Training) workouts – you don’t need a lot of time. In fact, you can get in a good quality sweat session in less than 20 minutes. Think “quality vs. quantity” and that’s where a HIIT workout is ideal. Time is precious so make the most of every second.
High- intensity interval training (HIIT) is a form of interval training – a cardiovascular exercise program that alternates short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods.
1. It’s an efficient form of exercise:
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, just 2 weeks of high-intensity training will improve your aerobic capacity compared to 6-8 weeks of endurance training.
2. You’ll burn more fat:
Not only do you burn more calories, the effect of an intense HIIT workout will keep your body “going” for almost 24 hours afterwards burning fat and calories for an extended time.
3. You will increase heart health:
Pushing hard in the anaerobic zone (that place where you can’t breathe & you feel like your heart is about to explode out of your chest) produces results.
4. You don’t need equipment:
Sprinting, Jumping, Burpees, Squats, Push-Ups – all moves that require zero equipment which means this type of workout can be done anywhere. So no excuses when you are on vacation or a work trip.
5. It’s a fat burner & who doesn’t want that?
During exercise, your body metabolizes fat for fuel. During the recovery phase after a HIIT workout, the body will tap into fat stores for the energy required to restore it to its normal resting state.