The 3 Biggest Benefits Of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT):
As the term already states, high intensity interval training (also known as HIIT), is a very popular exercise method, which involves exercising in intervals at a very intense level followed by a low intensity recovery period. HIIT training is most effective when combined with exercises, which encompass as many of our muscle groups as possible. Body exercises such as rowing, sprinting, squats, and jumping rope will yield the best results and will increase your metabolism significantly.
One of the main goals of HIIT training is to put your body in an ‘after-burn’ state, in which the body continues to burn fat long after you have finished your workout. This state is called EPOC, which stands for excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. EPOC is the measurable increased rate of oxygen we take in following strenuous activity intended to replenish the body’s oxygen deficit. It is the amount of oxygen required to restore your body to its normal level of metabolic function.
There are several benefits associated with high intensity interval workouts the most predominant ones being:
- Maximum Results in the Shortest Time
HIIT training is best performed for no more than 30 minutes. It is, relative to other routines, a very quick workout in which you will be tapping into your peek performance the whole time. While being very challenging, it has so many different variations of exercises that you will not be bored. Chances are you will be in pain, fighting for breath, but it is one of the quickest ways to see results and the most rewarding.
- Metabolism in Hyper Drive
As previously stated high intensity interval training will propel your metabolic rate to new heights, not just during your workout, but most crucially up to 24 hours after it. Your fat burning is ignited as well as muscle growth and muscle preservation stimulated. All this results in a boost in your human growth hormone production, which also slows down the aging process, making you both younger within and out.
- Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
There is now evidence that shows that, against endurance training, HIIT significantly improves, among many other things, power output and the ability to handle workloads for longer periods of time. When you get into that place in which you think you will faint and you’re aching to catch a breath, also known as the anaerobic state, you are improving your hearts capacity and with it your entire bodies endurance. This translates into you becoming a better performing person both in life and in your workout.
So are you ready for a challenge? Try your hand at pushing your boundaries and giving yourself a real chance to reach your health goals, even if you are very short on time. Just take 30 minutes out of your day, each day, and HIIT your full potential.
Buzvil offers a number high intensity classes throughout Brisbane, which can be easily accessed with no contracts or hidden fees. Find the class you like, join it and do what’s best for your body and mind.