What is HIIT? Get your body beach ready for the summer!

HIIT, High Intensity Interval Training, is a fantastic workout regime that burns more fat, improves endurance, and builds strength. Doing a HIIT workout on a daily basis will get your body into shape and your fitness levels soaring in no time, you will be feeling great. The workouts alternate between high intensity and low to moderate intensity intervals, and it can be applied to any exercise. For example, a good starter workout is running as fast as you can for 1 minute and then walking for 2 minutes, then repeat that 3-minute interval five times for a 15-minute workout. I personally prefer to include a variation of exercises for a full body workout, such as squatting, jumping jacks, push ups etc. My favourite site to visit for inspirational ideas and specific workouts is www.dailyhiit.com. Here you can find daily training videos which make it so easy to do. The workouts only last 12-15 minutes and nearly all of them you can do from home. I try to do the workout first thing in the morning, not only to get it out the way haha but it also leaves me feeling GREAT for the rest of the day.
So what are the benefits of this type of workout?
  • HIIT is considered to be much more effective than normal cardio because the intensity is higher and you are able to increase both your aerobic and anaerobic endurance while burning more fat. With the stimulation in the production of your human growth hormone (HGH) during the workout, your body will actually continue to burn more calories and fat in the 24 hours after the HIIT workout than a regular cardiovascular exercise. Studies have also shown that it slows down the ageing process too!
  • It’s super efficient and convenient. You can squeeze this short workout into your busy schedule at any point during the day and expect to get into shape fast. You don’t need any equipment and you can do it anywhere. “In research, HIIT has been shown to burn adipose tissue more effectively than low-intensity exercise – up to 50% more efficiently,” so basically you can achieve more progress in a mere 15 minutes of interval training (done three times a week) than the girl jogging on the treadmill for an hour.
  • The exercises get your heart rate up to the max, your body will be respiring anaerobically, and you will be feeling like you can’t breath. This intense level of blood flow is the key to keeping a healthy heart and soaring high fitness level.

So as you can see there are so many benefits to this type of training, and I am going to commit this month to adding four HIIT workouts each week to my regime. Here is the link to the workout I did today, and I’m not going to lie, it was hardcore! But wow do I feel good having done it!

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I found out after the race via Twitter that another bleoggr was also there taking on Tough Mudder for the first time.a0 Dustin from Engaged Marriage was gracious enough to share some of his experiences from the race.a0a0 Here’s how he trained for Tough Mudder:a0 I trained pretty hard for this event.a0 At the time I started in March, I could barely run more than a mile.a0 By the time October arrived, I could run 8 miles at a time and finished a 5K in 25 minutes (my previous best was 32 minutes).a0 I focused on a mix of running twice per week with total body interval training using HIIT principles three days per week.a0 You can check this post for a good run-down on HIIT training.

March 4, 2016 (15:36) - Reply

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