What is HIIT?
High-Intensity Interval Training is a form of exercise where you focus on short bursts of intense activity. These “intervals” of exercise are broken up with longer, less intense periods. Intervals don’t tend to last very long, usually between 15 and 60 seconds.
What are the Top Benefits of HIIT?
HIIT has many benefits. Here are a few of the biggest:
- Fat Burning: When you switch from low to high-intensity exercise, your body uses a portion of the stored carbohydrates (glycogen) in your muscles. By the time your routine is over, you’ve either depleted these stores or come very close to it. Your muscles need those glycogen stores, so the next time you eat your body will store some of those carbohydrates in your muscles instead of as fat.
- Post Exercise Oxygen Consumption: After strenuous activity (such as HIIT), your body will need to take in more oxygen than usual to help get back into balance. During this post-exercise period, your fat stores will be broken down into free fatty acids, which will enter your bloodstream to be used as fuel. In other words, HIIT primes your body to burn fat effectively.
- Efficiency: Don’t have the time to spend hours at the gym? With HIIT you don’t need to. This format allows you to get a full workout in 30 minutes. This makes it relatively simple to plan and follow through with your exercise goals. In other words, with HIIT there is no room for excuses!
Example HIIT Workout
Your Next Steps
Give HIIT a try to see the benefits for yourself. Make a plan for how and when you’ll exercise, and stick to it. No excuses!
Combining HIIT with proper nutrition creates the perfect environment. Your body will function well on the inside, which will lead to noticeable changes on the outside. Get ready to see a difference!