HIIT For Beginners

Apr 11 2017 - 8:13am

In the sea of workout programs, there are several which are proven to work faster than other. For those who haven’t heard of it, let me introduce HIIT workout. High-intensity interval training is a concept that involves intervals of intense activity for a short period of time followed by an interval of less intense activity.

Your body will burn more fat

Since the whole point of HIIT exercise is to give your best during each of those high-intensity intervals, your body will burn more fat than while doing an average cardio exercise. Because of the intensity of the workout, your body turns on the recovery mode and burns extra calories even after you finish exercising. Recent studies even show that you’ll burn more calories doing 15 minutes of HIIT than jogging for an hour.

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You can do it anywhere

There are lots of ways to do HIIT. Almost any type of exercising will do the work. Pushups, burpees, lunges and bodyweight exercises, you can do them wherever it suits you that day. You don’t need any equipment, so you don’t need a lot of space. Your living room will do just fine. Just make sure that there is no one living underneath your apartment because high knees are a must if you want your heart to race.

You’ll look better with HIIT

Most studies show that dieting burns muscles as well as fat, and you don’t want that. A combination of the right diet and HIIT is proven to build muscles more effectively than a regular cardio exercise. Lots of bodyweight exercises included in HIIT routines help to build muscles and burn fat faster. With such an intense workout, your body will produce more human growth hormone, which is responsible for burning more calories, but also for slowing down the aging process. So, another benefit of HIIT is that you’ll look and feel younger.
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How to do HIIT

One of the reasons HIIT is popular is that it doesn’t last long. You can do it between 4 and 15 minutes in a couple of series, or just one. You shouldn’t do it too long if you don’t want to get injured. Try doing one minute work and two minutes recovery. You can be at full rest during the recovery interval or you can do a plank. Just make sure that you do your best and keep in mind that if you are able to talk during HIIT, you’re not doing it right. The point is to max out and then rest. Use any plyometric exercise to up your heart rate to an anaerobic point, and then bring the pace down so you can breathe again. Then do that again and again and so on. For example, do high-intensity interval for 30 or 60 seconds and then double the time working out in low intensity. You can, of course, go biking or running if you’re an outdoor person, just switch from high to low intensity every 60 seconds.

 

Nada Stojilkovic has a degree on Greek and English philology and years of experience working as a teacher. She is also a freelance writer currently working on her first book. When she’s not holding her laptop, or grading tests, you can see her reading books. Through her love for the written word, she lives multiple lives at the same time.