HIIT It Hard!
High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT for short, is by far my favorite style of training. HIIT workouts require you to engage in a high intensity movement or exercise circuit followed by a brief rest period or low intensity movement. The high intensity movement jump starts your heart rate and makes you feel like your body is on fire. The low intensity movement or rest period calms the heart rate back down to normal. There are several benefits of HITT workouts, including, but not limited to:
- Quick and efficient: Performing 20 minutes of a HIIT workout can burn more calories and provide better results than 60 minutes of steady state cardio workouts.
- Long lasting caloric expenditure: Your body will continue to burn fat and calories for up to 24 hours after performing a HIIT workout.
- Increased endurance: HIIT workouts increase your overall physical endurance by pushing your body to the limit.
HIIT workouts, just like any other type of exercise, can cause harm to your body if not done properly or done too frequently. However, many of the dangers that can be attributed to HIIT training are the same dangers attributable to any type of exercise program.
- Overtraining: Most of the dangers associated with HIIT training result from overtraining. For most adults, two to three HIIT sessions per week is more than sufficient to achieve the desired goals.
- Poor form: The other notable danger results from lack of proper form as participants become more and more fatigued during their workouts.
Here are two great HIIT workouts that you can incorporate into your workout routine:
HIIT Workout #1 – Sprint for 30 seconds. Then walk for 60 seconds. Repeat 10 times.
HIIT Workout #2 – Do each exercise for 30 seconds with a 15 second break before going to the next exercise. Complete 5 rounds.
HIIT is a great way to help you reduce fat, boost your metabolism, and increase your aerobic ability. When done correctly, incorporating HIIT workouts into your workout routine will lead to awesome results! Try it out during your next workout!
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