HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training)
(HIIT) or interval training is a type of aerobic exercise that involves alternating periods of regular intensity with short sharp bursts of of high intensity whereby you go flat out for periods of perhaps 30 to 60 seconds duration. It can be done with many different types of exercise—including cross trainer, running, exercise bike etc.
HIIT training has lots of benefits including :
– Very time efficient, great workout in as little as twenty minutes.
– Excellent for your aerobic and cardiovascular fitness.
– Build up a sweat fast, interspersing work at a very intense level, easing off for a slower recovery period, followed by another round of high intensity.
– Burn more calories in less time.
– Helps you lose weight, build muscle, and boost your metabolism for several hours after exercise.
– Fabulous ‘feel good’ effect from the flow of positivity hormones like serotonin, oxytocin, and dopamine.
– Prevents the ‘plateau effect’ of endurance training.
– Minimises the risk of overtraining.
– Reduces risk of injuries associated with repetitive endurance training.
Of course HIIT is not for everyone and if you’re not used to this type of training, your body will quickly let you know! It places big demands on your heart so start slowly and build up gradually, having got the go ahead from your doctor. Remember exercise and movement are the greatest pills of all.