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HIIT: What is It?

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A Workout Worth Trying

If you know anything about exercise trends, then you’ve probably heard of HIIT. This new training method rose in popularity just 5 years ago and has remained relevant ever since. In fact, everyone from exercise enthusiasts to health professionals have given praise to the method because of its flexibility, health benefits, and efficacy. So, if you haven’t tried it yet, HIIT may be just what you need to boost your exercise routine.

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High Intensity Interval Training

High intensity interval training, or HIIT, is a training method that combines short bursts of intense activity and fixed intervals of rest periods. In short, HIIT is about doing the most you can and resting before you do it again. If it sounds simple, that’s because it is. It’s also flexible. You can use the HIIT method with almost any workout, including running, jumping rope, cycling, and burpees.  All you have to do is work as hard as you can, rest and repeat.

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How Does Interval Training Work?

Interval training is pretty straightforward, but why does it work so well? When most people exercise they work out with the intention to go as long as possible. While this strategy is useful in some cases, it’s not necessarily the most effective method. According to numerous studies on exercise and fitness, one of the best ways to boost your metabolism, increase your aerobic capacity, burn fat, and improve your endurance is by working your hardest for a short period of time. To see better results you need to work harder, rather than longer. Overall, HIIT training works because it is about quality over quantity.

Benefits of High Intensity Interval Training

As mentioned, HIIT can do many things for your body such as boost your metabolism, regulate your insulin levels, and help you lose weight, but the benefits of HIIT don’t stop there.

1. Burn Fat and Calories More Easily

One of the greatest things about high intensity interval training is the potential to burn fat and calories more efficiently. That is because high intensity exercise requires more oxygen input. Higher oxygen input raises your metabolic rate, which burns calories even after you leave the gym. So, while it may take a lot of sweat and tears to make it through the workout, the results can be tremendous.

2. Shorter Workouts

HIIT works on one simple principle: work your hardest, rest, then repeat. Not only does this method work wonders for your body, but it does so efficiently. Compared to traditional steady workouts, high intensity interval training allows you to burn more calories in a shorter amount of time. This makes HIIT training ideal for almost anyone and any schedule.

3. Boost Your Health

Interval training can do much more than burn calories and fat. Studies show that high intensity interval training can improve your metabolism, help prevent type 2 diabetes, and improve your cholesterol. HIIT is also great for your cardiovascular health and endurance. According to a study conducted by the College of Sports Medicine, just 2 weeks of HIIT improves one’s aerobic capacity just as much as 8 weeks of endurance training.

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Tips for A Better Workout

If HIIT sounds like a good fit for you, that’s because it probably is! You can easily incorporate interval training into your exercise routine. The key is to find the right balance of exercise and rest. Many people mistakenly neglect the rest period of HIIT training. Although it may seem counterintuitive, the rest portion is just as important as the high intensity bursts. This is because the rest period allows your body to recover so that you can perform better during the high intensity intervals. So, if you plan on adding some HIIT to your exercise regimen don’t skip your breaks. Allow yourself to rest at least twice as long as you work. For example, if you exercise at your max for a minute, give yourself 2 minutes to recover. This 1:2 ratio is great for beginners and will help you pace yourself.

Also, remember the point of HIIT is to work at your max capability. As a result, you shouldn’t do interval training for every workout. Not only can this strain your body if you do too much too quickly, but it will ultimately decrease your performance and undermine the entire point of the exercise. You should use HIIT to improve the quality of your existing exercise routine, not replace it.

Overall, HIIT can be a good addition to any workout routine. As always, set goals before you start your new workout, have a conversation with your doctor about your health or limitations, and endure, rest, and repeat.

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