5 Benefits of High-Intensity Interval Training

Reason 1# It’s Efficient

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is the ideal for those with busy schedule or those who just like a challenging workout.It’s been shown that you can achieve more progress in 15 minutes of interval training (completed 3 times per week) than if you competed steady state cardio (jogging) for an hour. High-intensity interval training improves your aerobic capacity as much faster when compared to endurance training.

Reason 2# You’ll Burn Fat Faster

Not only do you burn more calories during your workout than steady-state cardio, but the effect of all that intense exertion kicks of Exercise Post Oxygen Consumption. Put simply, that means you burn more fat and calories in the 24 hours following your HIIT workout.

Reason 3#  Build Capacity

Through normal training, many people aren’t pushing into the anaerobic heart rate zone (80% to 90% of your maximum heart rate) . But in this case, extreme training produces extreme results. Studies have shown that HIIT increases a participants capacity to compete longer endurance based workouts.

Reason 4# Fire Up Your Metabolism

In addition to increased fat burning and more muscle preserved, HIIT stimulates the production of your human growth hormone (HGH) by up to 450% during the 24 hours after you finish your workout. HGH is not only responsible for increased caloric burn, but it also slows down the aging process.

Reason 5# No Equipment

Sprints, cycling hill climbs, jump roping, and rowing are all work great for HIIT. However, you don’t need any equipment to participate in these workouts. High knees, fast feet, or anything plyometric like rebounds work just as well to get your heart rate up fast and feel the benefits of HIIT. In fact, using equipment during HIIT can be less effective as our focus should be on our heart rate.

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