What is HIIT?
HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval Training. It involves quick bursts of energy combined with a quick rest period. The workout is normally between 10-30 minutes in duration.
HIIT burns calories not only during the exercise but also after the exercise. After the workout, you continue to burn calories.
The benefits of HIIT compared with other types of exercise!
- Great if you are limited for time as it is time efficient
- Burns high amounts of energy
- Burns more fat
- Burns more calories
- Targets belly fat
- Get results faster
- Can boost brain power
- Great for endorphins to increase happiness & mood
- Improves muscle strength
- Decreases the risks of getting cancer or cardiovascular disease
- Can lower blood pressure
- Can balance blood sugar levels
- Increases oxygen consumption
Quick Top Tips on HIIT
- Vary exercises/classes to avoid injury or over training. In other words HIIT is not suitable to do every single day (include rest days and combine with other types of exercises)
- Always stretch after a HIIT session to reduce the risk of injury and muscle soreness
- You can do HIIT with NO equipment at all
- HIIT is flexible as you can do it ANYWHERE! Try outdoors, at home or on the move
- Do a LIVE class or do a class with a family member or friend to help with motivation
Some Smart Facts on HIIT
- An average HIIT session for 20 minutes can burn over 300 calories compared with a 30 minutes 3 mile jog burning approximately 300 calories
- Researchers concluded that a 10 minutes HIIT workout had the same benefits as going for a 45 minutes jog
- Despite HIIT typically being a harder workout, studies have shown people have more fun doing HIIT workouts
- Studies show HIIT can help with symptoms of anxiety and depression
- After the HIIT workout, an additional 200 calories can be burned in the 14 hours after the workout
Written by CJ @ Mind & Fitness Revolution