What is HIIT and should you do it?

by Nicole Gibbs Mon, Aug 17, 20
5 MIN read time

Everyone is always keen to jump on the latest fitness craze, but HIIT training has been around for a long time and its proven benefits mean that it’s here to stay. This type of training has become increasingly popular because it is effective and can be done in a short amount of time. 

But what exactly is HIIT? And why should you be doing it? 

What is HIIT? 

HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training and is a form of cardiovascular training. In-order for it to be considered as HIIT training, it needs to be a short burst of intense exercise followed by a short rest period. Often, you tend to continue this until you feel too exhausted to keep training, which isn’t very long. 

What are the types of HIIT? 

One of the best things about HIIT is that you can choose a workout to suit the type of exercise you like. As HIIT isn’t defined as a specific exercise, just intense interval training, this means that it can be adapted to suit your training routine. HIIT workouts can be done with or without resistance and can be as short or as long as you want them to be. Some examples of HIIT workouts include: 

  • Sprints 
  • Resistance circuits 
  • Bodyweight HIIT 

And the list doesn’t end there. Choose an exercise/workout you like and turn it into a HIIT workout. You simply need to make it intense by including short bursts of exercise with minimal breaks included. 

Benefits of HIIT

One of the most important benefits for most people participating in HIIT workouts is that you are able to get an intense workout in a short period of time. Although there is no set length for HIIT training, it is often completed between 15-30 minutes, which is a lot shorter than most cardiovascular workouts. This means that it is suitable for people that don’t have much time, busy working or taking care of the kids. 

Furthermore, despite being a short workout, because of the intensity you can burn a lot of calories. Studies have shown that HIIT can burn 25-30% more calories than other workouts. This is because you are able to burn the same/similar calories as other workouts, but in a much shorter time period. 

Likewise, not only do you burn more calories during the workout, but your metabolism is increased after training, meaning you continue to burn more then too. When your metabolism is increased, this allows your body to burn calories at a faster rate, which is great for weight loss. 

Ready to incorporate HIIT into your training routine yet? If you want to increase your cardio without spending hours working out then this is definitely for you!

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