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.