Are you looking for a way to add some intensity to your workouts? Do you like to push the limits of fitness and see how hard you can train? If so, it’s time to start a HIIT program.
HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training. It refers to training in short bursts at maximum effort (85-95% of your maximal heart rate) followed by a period of low effort or complete rest.
A ratio of 2:1 work/rest is one of the more common ways you’ll see HIIT workouts performed. This simply means that you would exercise at high-intensity for 30 seconds, then low-intensity for half that time (15 seconds).
If you’re looking to burn calories and destroy fat, HIIT may be unequaled. The key to HIIT’s fat burning ability is due to something called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). EPOC is brought on by the intensity of the workouts and not the total length. This makes HIIT the most effective method of exercise to trigger the EPOC effect. Long after you have completed a HIIT workout, your body will keep burning calories in an attempt to restore oxygen levels.
Besides being an enjoyable and challenging way to burn calories, HIIT also provides you with some major health benefits. From consistently performing HIIT workouts, you can expect to see a drop in your heart rate and blood pressure. As well as reducing your blood sugar and improve your insulin resistance. This is extremely beneficial to those who are at risk of type-2 diabetes.
So, what if there was a way for you get more time back during your week? Well, by investing in HIIT workouts, you can. HIIT takes considerably less time to get results than most (if not all) training methods.
You can see benefits in as little as 4 minutes a day if you’re a beginner, or up to 15-30 minutes a day if you're a little more experienced. Combine this with the fact HIIT requires virtually no equipment, there is no excuse as to why you can't fit this in your day!!
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