What is HIIT?
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What is HIIT?

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HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval Training, a style of training has been on trend for the last few years, and for good reason. HIIT workouts are designed to last only a few minutes (about 30 minutes or less) while exerting an all-out effort during short bursts of time throughout the session. The reason this method of exercise is highly effective is that the body’s need for oxygen increases after exerting an all-out effort and thus results in an afterburn during recovery that helps burn more calories and fat.

HIIT workouts have proven that losing weight and staying on track with your fitness goals doesn’t require all your time, though the more effort you put into it the quicker, better results you will get in return. High-intensity bursts can be incorporated into many different forms of exercise including body weight training, cycling, swimming, and running. Due to the high intensity of the workouts, they should only be done two to three times a week with a recovery period in between.

For those looking to increase muscle mass and look leaner overall, combining HIIT sessions with heavy weight training is your best bet. HIIT is also great for those looking to see weight loss results quicker. If you’re interested in trying out HIIT or want to know the benefits, here are a few:

  1. Increase your metabolism: Because your body consumes more oxygen during high-intensity interval training, your metabolic rate increases and thus helps your body burn more calories at a faster pace and lose weight.
  2. Less workout time: If you’re a busy person, or simply don’t want to spend hours at the gym, HIIT offers a quick yet effective way to stay active.
  3. No equipment needed: HIIT is very versatile, and you can easily complete a number of workouts without equipment or a gym membership.
  4. Keep muscle: Unlike steady cardio, HIIT allows you to lose fat while keeping muscle. Additionally, those who are looking to start gaining muscle can also see some results when they implement this style of training into a workout routine.
  5. Build endurance: Studies have shown that those who incorporate high-intensity interval training into their routines experience increased performance when it comes to endurance after a few weeks.
  6. Boosts heart health: Interval training helps get the blood flowing and increases your heart health due to the exerting period of exercise, which helps work out the muscle, and the rest period that comes right after.