HIIT It! Let Interval Training Change The Way You Workout

HIIT It! Let Interval Training Change The Way You Workout

You’ve heard people talk about it, you’ve read about it, but it’s time to jump on the HIIT workout bandwagon! But we think HIIT could be the all-around answer to making you love a workout almost as much as you love your results.

What is HIIT?

• HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. HIIT combines sudden bursts of cardio activity with low intensity rest periods.

Why is HIIT so great?

It requires less time: you can experience a calorie-torching workout in 15 minutes with HIIT. Try 1 minute of intense running, then 2 minutes of walking. Repeat this cycle five times, and you’re sure to get that heart rate up, the sweat pouring, and the fat blasting.

No equipment needed: you can do HIIT using just about any type of cardio you can think of. Jump rope, bicycle, rowing, running, jumping, you name it and you can HIIT it.

Take it anywhere: HIIT doesn’t require fancy equipment or a gym membership to be effective. It can be done in your yard, at the park, or in the comfort of your own home.

Challenge without boredom: Your heart will beat fast, you will be sweaty and hot all over, and you’ll be breathing like oxygen is going out of style, but you will NEVER be bored!

Since HIIT is a workout that focuses on variety, intervals, and fast-paced changes in general, it will keep you on your toes (and in your skinny jeans). Plus, since a HIIT workout has built-in “low intensity” segments, you’ll feel like you’re actually getting breaks in your workout.

Bigger Burn: A study by Jeffrey W. King of East Tennessee State University shows that HIIT ups your metabolism even when you’re resting for 24 hours following your HIIT workout.

Other benefits: according to the American College of Sports Medicine, HIIT has been found to improve blood pressure, insulin sensitivity, cholesterol, overall cardiovascular health, and abdominal fat and body weight all while maintaining muscle mass.

How Do I Start?

We have you covered! Dip your toe in the water and give HIIT a try with the following workout we’ve created for you!

30 seconds high knees
→10 seconds rest
1 minute jumping jacks
→10 seconds rest
30 seconds jump squat
→10 seconds rest
1 minute jump rope

*Repeat circuit 5 times with 30 second-1 minute rest in between each for a high intensity workout that takes less than twenty minutes!

For more workout tips, see 5 Hardcore Workouts That Let You Have Fun.

Sources:

https://www.acsm.org/docs/brochures/high-intensity-interval-training.pdf

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/ask-the-ripped-dude-hiit.html

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