5 Reasons HIIT Rocks!

Marija Malešević

I see exercise as a way to maintain a healthy lifestyle, not just losing weight or gaining muscles.

I like like the benefits exercise has on my mind as well as my body.

I do not follow any special diet, I just follow a balanced diet, a little bit of everything and especially fruit and vegetables that are available during a particular season.

I prefer aerobics, which includes cardio, HIIT and sometimes even lifting some weights.

I have started doing yoga since February, so it's something new and very interesting to me and something I'd like to write about soon!

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Working out 3 times per week for just 15 minutes can lead to amazing results.

Gone are the days of endless cardio for hours on end.

HIIT training is recommended by many fitness and weight loss experts because it’s short but effective!

Many of us are limited on time so the HIIT way of working out it nothing short of a godsend.

What is HIIT?

HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training.

Many people are going to say “Right, this doesn’t mean anything to me.”

HIIT training is based on short yet strenuous activity intervals followed by appropriate breaks.

Those intervals last for 10–60 seconds.

You can do it on your own way!

The good thing about all this is that you determine how many intervals you are going to doe during a HIIT workout.

The breaks that are in between are also your own choice, as well as your favourite training activity.

And of course all those parameters depend on your physical condition.

There is no need to pay for expensive gym memberships or even more expensive personal trainers.

HIIT training efficiency

Research has shown that there are numerous benefits of HIIT.

One study was conducted in 2001 in the USA. It showed that a group of people who took up HIIT workout for 8 weeks lost about 2% of their body fat.

On the other hand, the group that worked out in a usual way (cardio training, running, cycling, rowing…) showed no change in percentage of their body fat.

Another interesting study was done in Australia.

Women that did 20 minute HIIT workouts (8 seconds sprint then 12 seconds rest) lost 6 times more body fat than the women who did the usual 40 minute cardio workouts.

Studies also showed that even after 24 hours after a HIIT training, your basal metabolic rate remained elevated by  5-10%.

What does that mean?

Basically you carry on burning calories even after the workout is over!

Here are 5 reasons HIIT ROCKS!

#1 HIIT Burns Fat

A short intense HIIT session can burn through glycogen and increase calorie burning for 24 hours or more so you literally become a fat burning machine!

#2 HIIT Preserves Muscle Mass

Your body produces more growth hormone when you do HIIT workout.

Elevated levels of growth hormone helps preserve muscle mass during weight loss.

HIIT can be a great cardio workout for bodybuilders who want to gain muscle without doing hours of cardio to prevent gaining fat.

After HIIT, your body will produce up to 450% more growth hormone!

#3 HIIT Improves Stamina

HIIT gets you into the anaerobic zone quick (the feeling when you can’t breathe and your heart is pounding so hard).

It’s great for the heart and improving your cardiovascular system.

Researchers have shown that 8 weeks of HIIT can double your stamina!

#4 HIIT Boosts Your Metabolism

We mentioned that burning fat lasts up to 48 hours after you do your HIIT workout.

This means that you can eat more of the foods you love without gaining fat. Don’t over do it though!

#5 No Equipment Needed!

You can do a HIIT workout anywhere!

On vacation and don’t have access to a gym?

No problem just do a HIIT workout!

Even if you’re a prisinor in a tiny little cell you can do a HIIT workout!

As long as you have room to do some jumping jacks, squats, burpees then you’re good to go!

So no excuses!

 

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