Think you don’t have time for a workout? Well, put your sneakers on and think again.
We’re sure you’ve heard of high intensity interval training or HIIT in your gym, with your trainer, or even in magazines. You’ve probably even tried out a HIIT class. But, do you really know just what it does your body? Turns out, it’s one of the best ways to get a workout in.
HIIT is a workout that makes you workout with maximum effort for a short period of time, followed by a recovery time and then you repeat the exercise. Because you can really incorporate this into any exercise, think high knees, fast feet, jumping lunges, etc. Basically any excerise that gets your heart rate up – fast! The best part is, HIIT is super adaptable so you can really turn it into your own workout in whatever space and time period you have available. No gym needed here!
Remember, the idea of HIIT workouts is that you’re working your body hard at all times (except during recovery periods). You can’t read a magazine or talk with a friend, you’re going to be using all your breath to finish your workout. All this hard work comes with great rewards. Not only is it a way to spice up your normal routine, but you’ll see results and fast.
When you add HIIT to your workout routine, you’ll be stimulating the production of your human growth hormone (HGH) by up to 450% for 24 hours after your workout, which means that your body will be burning more calories.
Your muscles are also preserved while most of the calories burned during the workout is from fat stores. A study published in the Journal of Obesity found that 12 weeks of HIIT resulted in reductions in total abdominal, trunk and visceral fat while also increasing fat-free mass and aerobic power. A study suggests that the fat is targeted during HIIT because as you exercise your body immediately experiences genetic activation that increases fat-busing (lipolytic) enzymes which means you metabolize fat quicker.
One study even found that after 8 weeks of doing HIIT workouts, subjects could bicycle twice as long as they could before while maintaining the same pace. This is because during HIIT workouts you work in the anaerobic zone (that place where you can’t breathe and your heart is jumping out of your chest), helping you give your heart a workout so it can perform better in the future.
Despite all its benefits, it’s important to only incorporate HIIT into your workout two to three days a week, max, due to its intensity. If you’re interested in HIIT, let us know and we can help you figure out a routine that works for you, anytime, anywhere.
What’s your favorite HIIT workout?