High intensity interval training, better known as HIIT, is the way to live out the fastest fitness mantra, “strong is the new skinny”. While its principles may have been around for a while now, the newly awakened HIIT trend has got fitness connoisseurs back in the ready position!
Here’s what HIIT is, as well as a few of the benefits of this super kind of workout.
What HIIT is
HIIT consists of the perfect balance of cardio, active body weight exercises and the alteration between periods of short intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods.
The benefits of HIIT
The biggest benefit is that with HIIT, you lose weight (as in fat percentage) instead of muscle.
Furthermore, we all lives very busy lives and don’t often get the time to exercise long enough to burn the necessary calories we consume each day. Whether you would like to slot in a session during your lunch hour or before an evening work event, you can now very efficiently achieve your progress goals in a mere 15 minutes!
With the rapid acceleration of your heart rate, HIIT doesn’t only burn calories during the training session, but also for 24 hours after you’ve completed your workout.
Your heart rate reaches an equilibrium when you do normal exercise (like running or cycling). But with HIIT, your heart rate spikes into the anaerobic zone – the breathless stage you reach when your heart feels it’s pumping at an abnormally fast rate.
This heart rate fluctuation strengthens your heart’s muscles, promoting a healthier heart, too.
Another huge benefit of HIIT is it works with your own body weight. This enables you to train absolutely anywhere, which means you have no more excuses!