HIIT is all the hype lately, well not in SA, in SA it’s all about crossfit but according to a survey conducted by The American College of Sports Medicine, it’s one of the two top fitness trends.
HIIT (high-intensity interval training) is a technique in which you give all-out, one hundred percent effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active (Like walking to the next station or stretching) recovery periods. This type of training gets and keeps your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time.
A high-intensity workout increases the body’s need for oxygen during the effort and creates an oxygen shortage, causing your body to ask for more oxygen during recovery. This afterburn effect is referred to as Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) and is the reason why intense exercise will help burn more fat and calories than regular aerobic and steady-state workouts.
Not totally convinced? Here are a few other benefits from HIIT.
1. Increases Your Metabolism
Combing high intensity with interval training results in EPOC, which speeds your metabolic rate and translates into a metabolism boost for up to 48 hours after a complete HIIT routine. This means you’ll still be burning fat even after you’ve left the gym. < awesome right?
2. Quick and Convenient
Long gone are the days of not having enough time for exercise. HIIT workouts is can be done anywhere: at home, in a hotel room, in a park, at a gym, etc. And most are 30 minutes or less! Who can’t spare that?
3. No Equipment Necessary
No dumbbells? No problem! HIIT workouts generally use only your body weight, since the focus is on getting your heart rate up and keeping it there. These workouts result in optimal muscle building and muscle retention couples with fat loss and increased calorie burn.
Now you try… This is my favourite HIIT workout (he has lots of awesome ones) and I have it saved on my phone for a quick lunchtime workout, I don’t always do it the amount of times you should, just a quick one round is great to get the blood flowing when you hit a creative block or a slump.
Try one round… I dare you.
I double dare you!