High Intensity Interval Training
By: Ms. K
I love working out. Yes, I do complain when my trainer is pushing me especially during high- intensity interval training (HIIT). I have a love/hate relationship for HIIT simply because of the interval training and no rest until your finish with a set, which can take up all your energy.
It’s the benefits of HIIT that I enjoy:
- It does not take up all day. If you have a busy schedule you can still squeeze in a workout either early in the morning, during a lunch break, after work or before bedtime. As mention in Shape magazine “Research shows you can achieve more progress in a mere 15 minutes of interval training doing it 3x a week then jogging on a treadmill for an hour.”
- Burn More Fat
- Yes, you will burn more fat. Being a woman I want to lose fat and gain muscle so doing HIIT workout makes you burn more calories. Your body is just doing it faster because of the intensity.
- Healthier HeartWe all want a healthy heart. Increasing you’re your heart during a workout is healthy.
- No Equipment Necessary
- No need for excuses that you can’t afford to buy workout supplies, or even state that you can’t afford a gym membership. All you need is your body from high knees, fast feet or anything plyometric like jumping lunges work just well to get your heart rate up fast. You just want to increase your heart to its max.
- Lose Weight, Not Muscle
- We all know muscle weights more then fat. The more muscle you have the leaner you look as well. So we don’t want to lose muscle mass along with fat. We all know we want cardio, but cardio will also make you lose muscle especially if your not doing weight training. We just want to lose the fat not the muscle.
- Increase Metabolism
- Yes your metabolism will increase does not mean you get careless with what you put into your body. Your body is your temple what you put inside effects your overall process. Your body will increase fat burning and more muscle preserved. It will increase your caloric burn.
- Do it AnywhereNo place is off limits. It can be done in your bedroom, outside in the park, on the sidewalk, any place you can think of you can accomplish your workout. Your goal is to just reach your maximum effort for a short period of time followed by a recovery period and repeat.
- I love a good challenge. You have to be focus to have an effective HIIT workout, so there will be no time to read a magazine, chat with some friend, or lose focus by looking at a good looking man. It’s a short interval you will be working hard the whole time. I know you will experience pain but “no pain no gain” is what I say.