We all want the most efficient, effective and quickest way to get fit and lose weight. The question is: how?
The answer is high intensity interval training or HIIT workouts, which involve bouts of high intensity exercises followed by low intensity exercises or recovery times. This basically means that, for example, you spend half a minute running as fast as you can and spend 2 minutes briskly walking, and then you repeat the intervals. And HIIT is not just good for cardio, you can also use it for strength-training.
It’s flexible. Whether you like running, swimming, or cycling, you can incorporate the HIIT method to your workout, which means you can keep doing what you love and reap maximum results.
It saves time. Due to its nature, HIIT workouts take less time than regular endurance workouts but provide similar health benefits.
You burn more calories. HIIT workouts’ rigorous nature results in a prolonged post-exercise fat-burning period when the body uses more energy to return to its normal state. You spend less time exercising but spend burn more fat in total.
It strengthens your heart. The high intensity part of HIIT makes your heart work harder, thereby making it stronger.
You can customize the training based on your fitness level. While for people with advanced fitness levels a 30-second rest may suffice after a 30-second bout of intense exercise, those who are starting out can take 1-2 minute rests and decrease their rest period as they get fitter and stronger.
It’s free. You don’t have to buy a gym membership or fancy equipment. You can do HIIT workouts wherever you are.
Beginner HIIT Cardio RoutineWarm up for 5 minutes. Then sprint for 30 seconds, recover for 90 seconds, and repeat 5 times. Cool down for 150 seconds.