I don’t mention burning fat with my clients without also following it with 4 words, “High intensity interval training (HIIT).” HIIT is a great way to burn fat without compromising the muscle that you worked so hard to achieve. I vary the intensity of HIIT with my clients based on their individual physical activity level. So, what is high intensity interval training? I’m glad you asked because many people have made up their own definition of this term. HIIT is actually cardiovascular training arranged in short burst of really hard work. To qualify as HIIT you should push yourself to your maximum exertion for normally 30 to 90 seconds. Researchers have suggested that HIIT not only helps you burn fat, but it also helps regulate blood sugar levels, increases your metabolism and helps increase your overall endurance.
7 Reasons Why You Need To Incorporate HIIT into Your Workouts.
- It helps you burn fat without eating into the muscle that you work so hard for like long duration running can potentially do.
- It helps maximize the amount of calories you burn during your weight lifting session. Instead of resting between sets a HIIT exercise or active rest can help you get the most of your workout.
- Helps your body last longer when doing everyday physical activities. When performing HIIT your heart rate reaches it’s cardiovascular zone which in turn makes your heart stronger. Those everyday physical activities like running after your children become easier.
- Helps increase your metabolism. “High intensity training pumps your heart rate up to near maximum, which increases your body’ s need for oxygen. The body tries to overcompensate for the oxygen deficit during the recovery intervals and even after the workout session ends. Studies have found that the effects of EPOC last for up to 36 hours after the workout session. This means you will be burning extra calories during rest for a day-and-a-half following your HIIT session.” –
- Helps regulate insulin levels. A summary of 50 different studies found that not only does HIIT reduce blood sugar, but it also improves insulin resistance more than traditional continuous exercise.
- It can reduce high blood pressure. One study found that eight weeks of HIIT on a stationary bike decreased blood pressure as much as traditional continuous endurance training in adults with high blood pressure.
- It can reduce your workout time. Because HIIT is so effective and burns so many calories you can workout for a shorter period of time and still burn tons of calories.
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