HIIT or High-Intensity Interval Training has been all the rage over the last 5 years and is set to be one of the most popular exercise trends of the decade. Here at Kettler we like to keep on top of the latest crazes in the fitness world so we can cater our home gym equipment to what you want. Here is our guide to HIIT.
HIIT Workout: The What?
For years, Olympians and professional athletes have used HIIT (high-intensity interval training) to prepare for their sports, as if it were their little secret. But anyone can do it! To put it simply, High-intensity interval training is the opposite to, say, marathon running.
In a HIIT session, you go all-out and give 100% in short bursts of exercise followed by short periods of rest. This means you get a full exercise routine done in as little as 15 minutes, so you can continue on with your day.
HIIT Workout: The How?
It can be done anywhere and with any machine (or with no machine at all). For example, on an exercise bike: push yourself, flat-out, peddle, peddle peddle! Then rest. Stop completely or slow the peddling right down for an active rest. The focus is on getting your heart rate right up and then filling your body up with oxygen during the rest periods.
On average, a 15 minute HIIT workout, 3 times a week has better effects on your body than an hour of running – perfect for those with a busy schedule.
HIIT Workout: The Why?
So what are the benefits of HIIT. The quickness and convenience of it has been mentioned, but what does it do to your body?
- Tones the muscles.
- Boosts endurance.
- Great for your heart.
Pushing your heart to it’s maximum has the same effect as pushing your muscles, increasing its productivity and strength. Also the high-intensity burns calories for longer, more than continuous exercise. Finally, it keeps training interesting. Tedium can destroy a workout. It stops you from exercising. With HIIT, it is simple to switch what you do from 1 exercise to the next.
If you are looking for a new, exciting way to improve your health, give HIIT a go. It’s short, sweet and great for your health!