HIIT training or High Intensity Interval Training consists of short but intense bursts of exercise that enables you to burn fat fast.
Scientists at Laval University in Quebec, Canada has discovered that just 15 minutes of HIIT could burn as many calories as you would running for an entire hour on a treadmill at a moderate pace.
Why is HIIT better for weight loss?
Various studies seem to suggest that steady cardio, where you are performing one exercise at a constant pace enables your body to adjust and conserve calories, whereas HIIT training constantly pushes your body.
There are other benefits too:
• HIIT can boost the production of fat burning hormones such as epinephrine and norepinephrine.
• HIIT can help to suppress insulin levels.
• HIIT can raise your metabolism more than most other methods of cardio.
How to perform HIIT in the gym?
For best results you should always push yourself. If you coast through your workouts without breaking a sweat then you will not be experiencing the full benefits of exercise.
A traditional HIIT workout on a treadmill or any cardio machine could be as follows:
- A minute of jogging.
- A minute at an intense pace (sprinting).
- Continue for 10-15 minutes.
Although basic you will be guaranteed to be gasping for breath if you actually push yourself to your extremes.
Some cardio machines even have their own ‘Interval Training’ setting so make use of it if it is available.
HIIT outside of the gym
If you prefer the great outdoors or cannot afford an expensive gym membership then you can still perform HIIT.
First you will need to find somewhere outside suitable for ‘shuttle runs’.
Shuttle runs are incredibly effective for fat burning and involve you sprinting as fast as possible for 10-20 seconds, followed by a rest period of jogging for 30 seconds.
As with the gym workout you should continue the sprinting and jogging intervals for 10-15 minutes for a great workout.
Whether you workout in the gym or outside you should always warm up and cool down your muscles to avoid injury.
HIIT will help aid your weight loss attempt and best of all it wont take you all day either.