HiiT Me!

by BodyWar on August 6, 2020 , no comment.

Benefits of High Intensity Interval Training

High-intensity interval training (HiiT) describes any workout that alternates between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense activity.

There are many benefits that HiiT provides.  Research shows that you can achieve more progress doing 15 minutes of HiiT 3 Times Per Week than jogging on a treadmill at low intensity for an hour.  Not only does HiiT help you burn more calories during exercise, it also kicks-up your metabolism, which enables your body to burn more fat while at rest.  Bottom line: you will burn more fat in a 24 hour period after HiiT than if you did a steady pace cardio workout.  #HiitMe!shutterstock_3911248Additionally, it is believed that HiiT helps preserve muscle.  While steady-pace cardio appears to encourage muscle loss, the combination of HiiT and Weight Training allows dieters to preserve their hard-earned muscle.  Moreover, HiiT and Weight Training also promote greater losses in body fat.  So more muscle and less body fat?  “Winning!”

HiiT also does your heart good.  One study found that after 8 weeks of HiiT, subjects were able to bicycle twice as long at the same pace, this of course illustrating increases in cardio vascular strength and endurance. Very little equipment is required to perform HiiT.  You can literally perform some variation of HiiT just about any place.  As  an example: you can go pretty much anywhere (safe) outdoors and sprint for 15 seconds then walk or jog for 1 minute.  This can also be done on a treadmill.  Repeat this 20 times and you’re looking at 25 minutes of HiiT. 

shutterstock_27979766The beauty of HiiT is that there are so many variations to explore – you can adapt it to whatever time and space constraints you have.  As long as you go at maximum effort for a short period of time followed by active recovery (ie, you’re still moving, just not at maximum effort) then repeat, you will benefit from HiiT.

This New Year, try incorporating HiiT into your routine.  You can thank us later. 

#HiiTMe  #TrainAngry

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