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The Benefits of High Intensity Exercise

We all have busy lives – work, kids, pets, parents, socialising etc.  Many of us find it difficult to fit regular exercise into our daily schedule, that’s where High Intensity Internal Training – or HIIT for short – comes into its own.  HIIT consists of short periods of intense exercise which you alternate with periods of lower intensity or rest. A whole workout will last between 10 to 30 minutes.  A 2011 study presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting showed that just 2 weeks of HIIT improved your aerobic levels just as much as 6 to 8 weeks of endurance training.

  • Cardiovascular Fitness – Unlike traditional workouts which are classed as aerobic workouts, HIIT challenges the heart at the next level – our anaerobic system. HIIT improves your cardiovascular fitness far quicker than traditional exercise routines, giving you more stamina and improved workout performances.
  • General Health - Cardio workouts are essential over our overall fitness. They not only improve heart health; they also improve lung capacity and the muscles which you’re using during your workout
  • Maintain Muscle Mass While Losing Weight – If you’ve ever been on a diet, you’ll know that trying to maintain muscle mass while losing weight is always a battle. It’s been show that with HIIT, dieters can be assured that their weight loss will come from fat and not muscle.
  • Metabolism Still Elevated After Exercise – HIIT helps up the production of HGH (human growth hormone) by up to 450% during the 24 hours after your workout. This not only increases the burning of calories; it also slows down the aging process.
  • No Equipment – HIIT can be done anywhere and without any equipment. Any exercise which entails getting the heart rate up is suitable – speed walking, running, high kicks, jumping lunges etc.