You may have heard friends or co-workers talking about HIIT workouts. You may be wondering what HIIT is, and how it is beneficial. Let’s take a closer look at HIIT.
What is HIIT?
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a form of interval training where you alternate short periods intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods. Some people to choose to keep alternating until they are too exhausted to keep going. Others stick to a set time window of 20 or 30 minutes.
There are many benefits to practicing HIIT workouts. Here are 5 of the top benefits that you can gain from HIIT.
- Efficient –
You can gain more progress doing HIIT training for 15 minutes compared to jogging on a treadmill for an hour. If you find yourself pressed for time and are having a hard time fitting in a workout – HIIT training is the way to go.
- Burns calories and fat –
HIIT workouts help to burn more calories quicker than traditional exercise. You not only burn calories while you workout, but you can burn additional calories and fat for up to 24 hours concluding the workout. Traditional workouts don’t have that effect, which makes HIIT reign supreme.
- No equipment needed –
You can do HIIT exercises with a treadmill, elliptical or other equipment that you find at the gym – but it isn’t necessary. You can jump rope, do jumping jacks, run in place, high knees, etc. and still get an effective HIIT workout.
Since you don’t need any equipment, that means you can do a workout anywhere – so there is no longer an excuse to skip a workout because you are traveling.
- Retain muscle –
With regular steady state cardio, people tend to lose muscle. With HIIT you only lose fat – you don’t lose muscle.
- Medical benefits –
There a lot of different ways that HIIT can improve your health for the better. These include:
- Studies have shown that HIIT workouts reduce your blood sugar and can improve insulin resistance better than other forms of exercise.
- HIIT may reduce heart rate and improve heart health
- If you have had an issue with your blood pressure you may notice a reduction after starting HIIT
HIIT can be a fun and quick way to burn some fat and calories that also comes with a slew of other heath benefits. If you are new to exercise, it is important to consult with your medical professional to ensure that you are fit to workout.