I love HIIT workouts! “HIIT”- High Intensity Interval Training- describes any workout that alternates between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense activity or even complete rest. For example, a good starter workout is running as fast as you can for 1 minute and then walking for 2 minutes. Repeat that 3-minute interval five times for a 15-minute, fat blasting workouts.
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These work outs are beneficial for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of time to work out, people who want to find effective fat-burning exercises, and individuals who want to improve their endurance! I used to think, “The longer I workout, the more calories I’ll burn,” while doing hour-hour and a half treadmill workouts at a steady pace. While that is still beneficial for burning calories, I could have benefited from doing HIIT workouts by spending less time working out and having a better “after-burn” and more time for other things. Now that I know this, I love doing HIIT workouts along with finding new ways to change up my fitness life! My current favorite HIIT workout is part of my TAPOUTXT DVD set, called “Plyo-xt.” Even though it doesn’t really have specific intervals, there are definitely “rest periods” (when I say rest, I mean less difficult, because the workout is still intense) between extreme jumping periods. I can’t emphasize how great plyometric workouts are- they get your heart rate in such a small amount of time while building strength endurance!
So why are HIIT workouts so beneficial and what are some ways they can be incorporated into your
- Hiit benefits your anaerobic and aerobic energy. You train your anaerobic system when you have to push to make it up a hill, sprinting the last part of a race.
- HIIT increases the amount of calories you burn during and after your work our session because it increases the length of time it takes your body to recover from each session.
- HIIT causes metabolic adaptions that enable you to use more fat as fuel under a variety of conditions–improving athletic endurance and fat-burning potential.
- HIIT builds a healthier and stronger heart– reducing risk for heart disease.
- To get the best benefits out of it, push yourself past the upper end of your aerobic session and allow your body to replenish your anaerobic energy system during recovery intervals.
The best way to do the workouts are in forms of: Running, rowing, swimming, body weight exercises or weighted movements.
Examples of HIIT training: