So it seems to be the big thing at the moment, but what is HIIT? And why should you favor it over other traditional methods of exercise?
High intensity interval training (HIIT) is when you alternate between high and low intensity exercise(s) or between high intensity exercise and a short period of rest, to then repeat. For example, a short sprint up a flight of stairs followed by a walk back down. This type of training works as it gets your heart rate up and then keeps it up, therefore, burning more fat in less time.
If you usually spend hours slogging at the gym or going on long runs/bike rides etc, and struggle to find time to do this, then HIIT could become your holy grail. This is because effective sessions can be as short as 4-30 minutes – yep that’s right! And not only is HIIT less time consuming, but it is also the best method of training to build lean muscle whilst losing fat.
So what benefits come from HIIT?
Increase In Metabolism – High intensity combined with interval training speeds up your metabolic rate and therefore, boosts your metabolism for up to 48 hours after a HIIT workout. This means you’ll still be burning fat even after you’ve completed your short workout – result!
Quick and Convenient – This training method works great for people with busy schedules. No more are the days of struggling to find time to fit in exercise! The beauty of HIIT is that it can be done anywhere and the workouts are usually no longer than 30 minutes. There’s really no excuse now!
No Equipment Necessary – You do not need a gym to involve HIIT in to your routine. You also do not need gym equipment – not even dumbbells! Why? Because you can do a short sprint, jumping jacks, jumping squats, high knee jog (to name a few) and then a walk, plank, or a combination of abdominal moves etc for your rest period. These workouts result in optimal muscle building and retention, coupled with fat loss and increased calorie burn.
Gets You Into Shape Faster – It is scientifically proven that HIIT increases your fitness levels faster than more classic methods of exercise. So if you’re trying to get into shape quickly, or you’re already active but have reached a plateau, HIIT would be the answer.
What do I think of HIIT?
HIIT is my favourite training method, simply because I love the pushing my body to the limit for that burn, and the short workouts work well around my busy schedule. I involve HIIT into my routines around 4 days a week and these session are usually only 20-30 minutes long.
So why not give it a try?
30 secs of Burpees
30 secs Mummy Kicks
30 secs Jumping Jacks/Air Jacks
30 secs High Knee Sprint
30 secs Jumping Squats
30 secs of Alternating Jumping Lunges
REST – 60 secs plank (or for as long as you can) then REPEAT 4 times.