If you want to get the maximum results in a shorter workout, consider using HIIT workouts. HIIT stands for high intensity interval training. It’s a technique where you workout at top speed for a short period followed by a period of recovery where you continue at a moderate speed. There are various ways to do it and various types of HIIT workouts. The type of exercise used often varies. In fact, you can even use the HIIT technique with running. First, you run for a minute or two at top speed and then jog or even walk fast for about twice as long.
HIIT is a form of interval training.
While HIIT alternates between shorter high bursts of energy and moderate intensity activity to exhaustion, interval training doesn’t have that high of intensity in the bursts. It often uses moderate intensity and the rest period is lower intensity. When doing interval training, various types of exercises are often used and the person rests for a short period between the exercises. HIIT can be done with just one type of exercise, such as running or rowing.
You’ll boost your metabolism when you use the HIIT technique.
When you finish your HIIT workout, you’ll continue to burn calories long after you stop working out. It produces EPOC—Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption. That means it continues to burn calories in order to get the body back to normalcy. You’ll get more benefits even after you’ve left the gym, which is one reason this type of training is so effective.
You don’t have to have any equipment for HIIT.
Of course, if you have equipment, all the better, but you don’t need it to do HIIT training. As noted previously, you can use it with running, but you can also use body weight exercises, too. It helps build muscles faster, while boosting fat loss. It’s also more convenient, since the workouts are shorter. In just 30 minutes of an HIIT workout, you can get the same results as you do with 45 to an hour of other types of exercise.
- HIIT is super heart healthy. It pushes the body into the anaerobic zone. One study showed that it only took eight weeks to improve endurance to twice it was previously.
- Unlike traditional cardio that burns lean muscle tissue and fat, HIIT training tends to burn mostly fat while building muscle tissue.
- HIIT not only boost muscle tissue, burns fat and increases EPOC, it also stimulates the body to produce HGH. HGH—human growth hormone—increases the calories the body burns, but the production reduces as you age. HIIT turns back the clock.
- You’ll never be bored with HIIT training. It’s tough and your top speed may change, but then so does the workout. You’ll always be working toward your maximum with HIIT.