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You’re sick of pounding away at that treadmill for hours in the gym, staring at MTV, wishing you were anywhere else in the world than there. Here’s why you should quit your long dull workout sessions and give HIIT a try instead.
You’re tired of pushing yourself to get motivated yet barely seeing results for all the blood, sweat and tears you’re investing in the way you look. And you’re a busy person- you’ve got so much to get done and health and fitness often slides down the list of priorities. Of course it does- you’re only human.
But there is another way you could be investing your efforts and it is scientifically-proven to be far more effective for your waistline and your health than any other form of exercise.
What Is HIIT?
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training and is exactly what you’d expect. It means working out harder and faster than you do in your regular training session, but in intervals to enable you to enjoy maximum results.
Unlike other training methods, this will take just fifteen minutes out of your day so it will slot right into your day and you will be free to get on with all the rest of your life.
Now, you might be thinking that all of this sounds a little overwhelming for a complete beginner, but be assured that it’s absolutely not. HIIT workouts can be tailored to your current fitness level so you can create the body of your dreams, no matter whether you’re a complete beginner or more of an advanced exerciser.
And if you’ve always been rather gym-shy, there’s no need to worry- there’s no equipment needed, unless you absolutely want to. All you need is your body, the desire to get fit and the rest will come.
How It Works
HIIT stresses your body enough to raise your heart rate, prompting it to work more efficiently and start to use your stored fat as fuel. Then you will take a short rest people to allow your heart rate to return to normal, before performing the next burst. This stimulates your entire body enough to give you the results you are after.
Unlike regular forms of exercise, HIIT doesn’t cause a breakdown of your muscles (through catabolism) which can leave you looking and feeling incredibly weak. Instead it helps you become strong, lean and fit. Now doesn’t that sound good?
Benefits of HIIT
Here are the top benefits of HIIT. Which one will persuade you to give it a try?
You’ll Burn More Fat Over the long-term, HIIT helps your body to effectively burn more body fat, especially that hard-to-shift fat in your belly. One study at East Tennessee State University showed that it’s possible to burn off an amazing 2% of your body fat in just eight weeks.
It Increases Your Metabolism
You won’t only get results whilst you’re working out- HIIT also raises your metabolic rate so that you burn more calories even when you’re resting and become leaner the easy way.
You’ll Boost Your Cardio Health
Studies have shown that HIIT also increases your body’s ability to use oxygen which is often a great indication of how healthy (and young) you are overall.
You’ll Improve Your Insulin Sensitivity
According to a 2009 study, HIT also helps improve insulin sensitivity lowering the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and also boosts your body’s ability to use the glucose from your food effectively.
How Do Design Your Own HIIT Workout
If you’re anything like me, learning the wonders of HIIT makes a light bulb go on in your head. And you’ll probably feel curious to know how you can start enjoying all of the amazing benefits for yourself. The great news is that it’s really rather simple.
Step #1: Choose an activity
What do you like to do the most? Are you a fan of running? Swimming? Jumping rope? Circuit training? Whatever it is, you can be sure to incorporate it into your workout. Be sure to choose something to raise your heart rate.
Step #2: Be careful
Do you have any existing injuries or health conditions that could prevent you from taking part in intense exercise? Be very mindful if you have a heart condition or suffer from the onset of arthritis. It’s always best to check with your doctor.
Step #3: Design Your Workout!
Whilst there are tons of variations you can enjoy, it’s always best to start with the basics. Take 15 minutes of your day and do the following:
- 15 seconds high intensity (really pushing yourself to your max)
- 60 seconds of rest or low intensity
That’s it! Simply repeat the cycle ten times and you’re done.
As your skills improve, increase the time spent on each exercise, increase the intensity (if you can), and consider extending the time spend overall so you can keep pushing yourself forwards.
High Intensity Interval Training could be the answer to all of your weight-loss and fitness prayers. Simply choose an activity you love, design your intensive workout and then just find fifteen minutes. You’ll shift belly fat, raise your metabolism, improve your cardio health and also keep diabetes and insulin resistance at bay. Get out there and get started today!
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