There have been numerous crazy trends in fitness, many of them lacking any sort of scientific backing. Thankfully, the trend sweeping the nation right now has two thumbs up from the scientific community. HIIT, or high intensity interval training, is, essentially, exactly what the name says it is. It involves quick intervals of high intensity work followed by short periods of rest.
Haven’t tried HIIT before? Here are five reasons why you should:
1. HIGH CALORIE BURN
HIIT can make the production of the human growth hormone increase by up to 450% after a workout. HGH is responsible not only for the aging process, but also for controlling caloric burn. Therefore, in the 24 hours following a HIIT workout, your body is burning WAY more calories than usual.
2. SWITCHING IT UP
If you’re sick of long sessions spent on the treadmill or elliptical, HIIT is for you. I get bored easily during cardio, so having something that’s higher intensity and always changing helps. No matter what HIIT workout you do, you’ll definitely be switching it up throughout the workout, thus breaking you out of your normal routine and breaking you out of your comfort zone within the workout.
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3. YOU CAN DO IT ANYWHERE
HIIT is becoming so popular throughout the country that all you have to do is a short Google or Pinterest search to come up with an awesome workout. It’s a mobile and versatile workout style that can be done at home or on the road. If you’re like me and prefer working out at a gym, check your fitness center’s class schedule; most gyms across the country are starting to offer HIIT classes, or classes that incorporate it somewhere in the workout.
4. SHORT WORKOUT
Possibly the biggest pro, HIIT workouts are SHORT. Since you’re working so hard and really pushing your body, you don’t need to spend 45 minutes to an hour working out like usual. Most HIIT classes are around 30 minutes including a warmup, but you can find routines that are effective in as few as 10-15 minutes.
5. NO EQUIPMENT NEEDED
HIIT doesn’t need a lot of equipment. Although there are definitely HIIT workouts out there that incorporate kettle-bells, dumbbells, and other types of gear, you can EASILY find bodyweight only workouts as well. If you don’t have equipment, search for those, and if you do, try a mix of workouts!
HIIT is here to stay, and is delivering proven results. Check it out!