HIIT (high-intensity interval) training is all the rage right now. And it’s no wonder, since many high intensity workouts don’t require much time or any equipment and they still work providing metabolic boost up to 24 hours. HIIT is based on alternating short bursts of high intensity moves and periods of active recovery.
HIIT Training Benefits
It Burns Fat, Not Muscle
High bursts of intensity maximize calorie burn and boost metabolism, research shows. And if you are worried about muscle loss, fret not. HIIT can include strength training moves, which will make sure to preserve your muscles while quick bursting moves will torch fat.
It Saves Time
Time is precious and if you don’t have much to spare or want to be done with your workout as quickly as possible HIIT is right for you. In as little as 20 minutes you can break a sweat or two, or three and be ready to hit the shower. You don’t even need to go to the gym.
If you find exercise boring HIIT won’t let you snooth on a stationary bike or any other machine. You don’t even need them to work out. Just grab some weights, jump rope, or bosu and get moving. Alternating moves that include strength training, cardio, and plyometrics won’t let you get bored easily. It’s also great for people who hate cardio and is intimidated by heavy weights.
Thanks to its varied nature HIIT is great for providing you with faster results (if your goal is to shed fat and tone muscles). Its calorie afterburn can reach 24 hours, while one session of HIIT can be as short as 20 minutes.
Have I already mentioned that you don’t need gym? Well, for HIIT you don’t need equipment either. Such moves like burpees, squats, lunges, push ups, and jumping jacks can make an already challenging workout.
As wtih any workout HIIT requires a 5-10 minute warm up to prevent injury. You can hop on a stationery bike or grab a jump rope to warm those muscles and joints. To really work HIIT requires to keep intensity high. Rest periods should be short enough to let you catch your breath but not let your body cool down.