High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has been around since the 1970’s. It was primarily used in developing athletic endurance. The HIIT workout focuses on short and intense activity and alternate with a short period of rest or a less strenuous activity. Some may reason out that they don’t have enough time to commit to a workout program but we’re hoping that these benefits could convince you otherwise.
During an HIIT workout, more oxygen is being consumed compared to doing a steady-state workout. As a result, more calories are being burned and at the same time, this triggers a post-exercise metabolism. This means that your body continues to burn the calories even after the workout is over.
Higher Fat Loss
High intensity workout may be short but studies show that this even results to a greater fat loss compared to any steady-state workout.
Suppression of Appetite
We are always under the impression that exercising can make you hungry. However, there is one study showing that the production of the hunger-stimulating hormone called ghrelin is suppressed after the subjects participated in the HIIT workout.
No Equipment, No Problem
One thing that’s good about HIIT is its flexibility and cost effectiveness. You don’t need gym membership. You don’t have to have a state-of-the-art equipment. Any exercise that will allow your muscles to exert the maximum amount of effort in a short amount of time can get the job done. That means you can choose to do lunges, jumping jacks, burpees, knee ups, running or jump rope, depending on the activity that you prefer. The important thing is that you are able to push your muscles to move at a maximum output then alternate it with a less strenuous activity.
It doesn’t take long to complete an HIIT workout. In fact you can finish one session in less than 10 minutes. If you are one busy person, a 10-minute workout will be ideal because this is one workout that you can easily squeeze into your schedule. It is not easy because it requires you to work hard but trust that maximum results will be achieved.