We’ve all heard about HIIT. But what is it exactly?
HIIT stands for ‘High-Intensity Interval Training’. Unless you are familiar with workout jargon, that didn’t make any sense to you. Basically, during a HIIT workout, you do some very intense exercises with a very little resting period. An everyday run of the mill HIIT workout could range from a couple of minutes to around 20-25 minutes. But you will be counting down the time until you can stop. If the workout isn’t draining you out, then it’s not intense enough for you, so you need to amp it up. The resting period between the exercises ranges between 10-20 seconds. It just gives you enough time to catch your breath before you’re at it again. But how does it actually help your body?
Because the rest intervals are so short and the intensity of the exercise is more immense, you burn more calories while doing a HIIT workout than you would be running steadily on a treadmill. And the interesting part is that not only do you burn calories during a workout, but you burn calories after it. It’s referred to as the afterburn effect or the “excess post-exercise oxygen consumption”. And the best part is that it doesn’t burn your hard earned muscle. It just burns that excess fat from your body.
2. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE
The best part about HIIT is that it barely eats into your already packed schedule. All the times you’ve made excuses for not going to the gym because you don’t have the time will fade away on your lips. It barely takes 15 minutes out from your day. So, stop complaining and get right into it.
3.MAKING THAT MUSCLE
One of the great things about HIIT is that you can customize your workout to include both cardio and strength training into the routine. A lot of people, to save that trip to the gym or to save some time, go for walks or jogging for half an hour. That cardio maybe good for your heart, but that muscle gain will elude you. By doing HIIT, you don’t have to compromise on either!
HIIT just keeps getting better and better. You don’t need any fancy equipment like a swiss ball or dumbbells or treadmill to do this workout. All you need is some floor space and some good music and you are ready to begin! Some jumping jacks, squats and lunges will make you an effective routine!
5.MAKE WAY FOR GREATER METABOLISM
Not only is HIITgreat for weight loss and muscle gain, but it actually improves your metabolism. How? It stimulates the production of the Human Growth Hormone which helps in calorie burning and also slows down the ageing process. Thus, HIIT isn’t only beneficial for losing weight, it’s also crucial to keep you looking young!
As you can see, incorporating HIIT into your workout routine is easy. But how often should you do it? Experts say that you should limit your HIIT workout to 3-5 times a week. This is because your body keeps burning calories even after the workout, so you need to give your muscles some time to recover before you put yourself through that again. So take a break between these routines. You could do some low impact exercises like Yoga to keep your body working on those off days.
Here are some HIIT routines you could try:
If you are new to exercise, try this beginner’s guide to weight loss before you start your HIIT workout.