All About HIIT Workouts!
Losing weight takes a lot of commitment and hard work. You have to watch what you eat and exercise regularly. And even when you do those things, you may not see the scale budge. It can be frustrating if you are spending hours in the gym with no visible results. If you want to kick start a round of weight loss or feel stuck in your exercise routine, then HIIT might be the answer for you. Let’s take a closer look at what HIIT is, why you should be doing it and how to get started.
The intensity of HIIT sessions boost your metabolism, which turns you into a fat burning machine.
What is HIIT?
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. When you do a HIIT workout, you work very hard for a short amount of time (or at a high intensity) and then take short rest breaks before going hard again. These alternating intervals of hard work and rest force your body to change in a short period of time.
Why does HIIT work?
The intensity of HIIT sessions boost your metabolism, which turns you into a fat burning machine. When you exercise using the HIIT method, you burn way more calories after you are done than if you did a traditional, steady state workout. HIIT is also a great way to combine cardio and strength training. Building muscle is the best way to burn fat and get a toned, lean body. Pushing yourself very hard for a short period of time also helps you build endurance. This means you will be able to go farther and longer when you do other activities like running, cycling or hiking.
How do I do a HIIT workout?
To get started on a HIIT workout, you only need a small space and at least 15 minutes. HIIT is perfect for those who are crunched for time. Sessions range anywhere from 15 – 30 minutes, so they are very easy to squeeze into your schedule. HIIT workouts can be done at home, too. You do not need any special equipment. Make sure you warm up before you start so that you can go hard during the workout and not get injured. You can do a variety of strength and cardio moves like sprints, burpees, planks, mountain climbers, squat jumps, walking lunges, jumping jacks and tricep dips. Just go as hard as you can for your work period and be sure to rest afterwards. Begin with short intervals, like 30 seconds of work, followed by 30-60 seconds of rest. You can do HIIT workouts 3 – 5 days a week. If you are just starting to regularly exercise, then shoot for 3 days per week. As you get more fit, you can add in more days if you want.
HIIT workouts are a great way to tone your body in a short amount of time. They are also a great complement to your usual, steady state workouts. You can do more moderate cardio on your off days or a traditional weight lifting set. Everything depends on your fitness goals. However, if you just have a general weight loss goal, then adding HIIT into your routine is a must. You will see results faster and with less time committed to exercise. So, the next time you have 20 minutes free, put on some music, grab some water and do a HIIT workout.