High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a way of doing cardio type exercises. Unlike conventional way HIIT involves continuous changes in pace/ intensity with the short bout, whereas, conventional training normally takes a longer time of steady pace exercise.
The objective of HIIT is to use up the anaerobic energy and stops before our body starts using aerobic energy. Compare to traditional steady-state longer period cardio, HIIT has been proven more effective not only in this particular case of fat loss but also in improving athletic performances.
HIIT has similar benefits of strength training. As both exercise focuses on an anaerobic energy that causes a boost in metabolism even after the workout. This impact is popularly known as “afterburn”. For this reason, our body continues burning calories for around twenty-four hours during our resting time. So, if we do HIIT then we burn calories while we are doing exercise and we even burn some extra calories when we are not doing any exercise at all.
Benefits of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
- The most time efficient: Several types of research showed that doing HIIT for only 25-30 minutes has the same result of doing conventional cardio for over 60 minutes.
- Most effective cardio strategy for weight loss: For its afterburn impact HIIT has a clear superiority over normal cardio in the case of weight loss as it burns calories more effectively. Also, performing HIIT with a high quality weighted vest can make the weight losing journey ever more effective.
- Reduce muscle burning effect: Apart from “after burn” impact, HIIT has another similarity with strength training. Like weight training, HIIT also burns mostly fat and fewer muscles.
- Augment athletic performances: Research shows that HIIT improves overall athletic performances by augmenting acceleration, stamina, endurance etc.
- Improve anaerobically and aerobic fitness: HIIT has the direct impact on anaerobic fitness. It also improves aerobic fitness. And, aerobic and anaerobic fitness directly related to our overall fitness level.
- Improve cardiac health and other health benefits: Several studies found that HIIT like any conventional cardio improves cardiac health and also reduces the chances of heart diseases.
Researcher (Brad Schoenfeld and Jay Dawes 2009) also found that HIIT improves blood pressure, insulin sensitivity, insulin signals, and contraction coupling।
HIIT require less energy consumption which keeps us energetic even after a vigorous workout session.
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