HIIT, stands for High Intensity Interval Training. The workout is quick, explosive movements, followed by a lower intensity exercise or complete rest for a fixed amount of time to facilitate recovery.
If you have done a lot of slow or steady state cardio (like me) and would like to switch it up, this is a fantastic way to workout, plus get your cardio completed.
You still have an increased calorie burn after you finish. This is called EPOC (Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption), which will allow you to have an increased calorie burn even after you stop the workout. This is not the case with steady state cardio. Say you are jogging on the treadmill, when you stop your calorie burn drops back down. However, when you stop HIIT training, your calorie burn may be elevated for an hour or even as long as 24 hours. Studies show this is dependent upon your intensity and time spent doing HIIT training.
How to do HIIT?
Here are few examples of HIIT:
- Sprint 20 seconds, walk for 40 seconds. Repeat this 10-15 times for your 10-15min workout.
- Unlimited squats: Jump squat for 15 reps, then squats for 15-20 seconds to rest and repeat until failure.
- Unlimited Push ups: 10 push-ups, jog for 15-20 seconds and repeat until failure.
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