Most people think of a good workout as a long, boring gym sessions that last at least an hour or more. But you don’t need to spend hours in the gym to get in shape. According to the latest research, we can get better results with shorter workouts.
HIIT or high-intensity interval training, which requires a fraction of the time compared to conventional cardio, has been shown to be more efficient and effective compared to longer, slower cardio exercises.
High-Intensity Interval training or HIIT’s involve alternating between vigorous exercises and periods of rest and recovery. The key to HIIT is pushing your heart rate up above 80% of its maximum.
In recent times, HIIT has become a very popular form of training, especially for those looking to improve their body composition.
There are many benefits of HIIT and these include:
- Increases your metabolic rate for up to 24 hours,
- Improves insulin sensitivity in the muscles, which helps your body better absorb and use the food you eat (rather than store it as fat),
- Increases your muscles’ ability to burn fat for energy,
- Increases cardiovascular fitness and can promote healthy blood glucose levels greater afterburner effect.
- elevates growth hormone (HGH) levels, which aids in fat loss.
- Decreases post-exercise appetite, which helps prevent overeating.
- Strengthens your cardiovascular system and controls high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
In today’s world, everyone wants the best results within a short span of time and also for those for whom time is an excuse for not adding exercise into their daily regime, HIIT seems to be the ideal choice.
HIIT is extremely efficient. It lets you get a bigger training effect with less time spent. And compared to a 45-minute jog, 5 min of HIIT is a lot easier on the joints as well.
There’s a saying which goes like – ‘If you think a minute goes by fast, you don’t know HIIT’. So challenge your body by adding HIIT to your daily routine and reap its benefits.