High Intensity Interval Training – often referred to as HIIT – as it is commonly called, might seem off when thinking of wellness and a passive approach to health and fitness. However, it just might be the perfect balance to a good workout routine. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a day.
HIIT is popular for losing weight but it offers so more than that. HIIT can be a varied mix of exercises, depending on your fitness goals and physical limitations. Like any type of workout, HIIT can be modified to fit your fitness needs and goals (and, of course, what activity is approved by your medical professional.
5 Benefits of High Intensity Interval Training
1. Get more with less
By doing high intensity activities in a short period of time, you can begin to burn fat and improve your endurance. This has the same benefits as a regular endurance training but in significantly less time. In fact, HIIT’s most prominent benefit is the speed with which benefits are realized as compared to other forms of exercises. HIIT workouts can be done in less than 20 minutes.
2. A healthier heart
Because you constantly push yourself to do more, the heart will become stronger and blood vessels become more elastic, allowing blood and oxygen to easily flow throughout the body, improving cardiovascular health.
3. Lowers your blood pressure
When you have a high carotid to femoral PWV or plus wave velocity, this does not look good. Study shows that compared to continuous exercise, HIIT has managed to significantly decrease the carotid-femoral plus wave velocity after 16 weeks through aerobic interval training.
4. Can help reduce body fat
HIIT helps improve muscle mass (which boosts metabolism) and it targets visceral fat, the fat that surrounds our organs, changing how our body operates.
5. Boost growth hormones
Through intensity trainings, production of human growth hormones (HGH) are triggered by twitch muscle fibres. The higher the human growth hormones, the healthier you become. HGH addresses muscle loss and atrophy that often occurs as we age.
So if you’re issue with working out is that it takes too long, perhaps HIIT can fit into your schedule and give you the physical well-being you desire. HIIT can be a great option as it helps sustain and optimum body weight and improve overall well-being.
This post is sponsored by Les Mills; image from Pixabay