What is the buzzing HIIT latest trend?
If you workout at home or in the gym, basic cardio and weightlifting tend to be in the daily routine of most of us. Some of them try the new Zumba class around the corner or a spin class that your friend suggested. However, there always seems to be something new to try out. HIIT is one of the latest trends that has taken apart in a stack of fitness routines.
HIIT is short for High-Intensity Interval Training which is an intense, unsustainable burst of physical activity, paired with intervals of quick rests. This type of intense training creates a sort of metabolic disturbance, which can result in the body burning calories at a much higher rate.
How Does it Work?
HIIT workout sessions help you to increase muscle building and make the fat burn more effectively. Although, this type of workout can be done in less than thirty minutes. You don’t need more than two or three HIIT sessions a week. Performing HIIT sessions can help you achieve convincing results, without any stamina training. Considering the time needed for this workout is very less, the results are unbelievable. It is hard to believe but, you can double the effectiveness of your fat-burning process with HIIT.
This sort of training increases metabolism reduces insulin resistance, improves cardiac function, produces faster muscle gains in endurance levels.
This kind of training can be carried out on a treadmill, a cross-trainer, with a jump rope, on a bicycle, or even in a swimming pool. You will have an increased pulse after high-intensity intervals.
Advantages of High-Intensity Interval Training
- Burning More Calories in a Short Time: In a study conducted by NCBI, it was found that the calories burned in 30 mins of HIIT was 25-30% more than weight training, running, and biking. HIIT may help you to burn more calories than regular exercises, or burn the same amount of calories in a shorter amount of time.
- High Metabolic Rate: One of the interesting facts about HIIT is that it can help you to burn calories even after you’re done exercising. Many studies have shown HIIT to be a great way to increase your metabolic rate even after hours of exercise. It is seen that HIIT can increase your metabolism more than any other cardio exercise or even weight training. Considering the intensity of the workout, HIIT can elevate your metabolism for hours after your training. It helps you to burn more calories even after you have finished exercising.
- Muscle Gain: Along with the fat-burning benefits of HIIT, it can also help you to increase muscle mass. It should be noted that, if you are not very physically active, you may gain some muscle with HIIT, but not as much as if you performed weight training. Weight training continues to an ideal form of exercise to increase muscle mass, but the HIIT could support a small amount of muscle growth.
- Improve Oxygen Consumption: Oxygen consumption refers to your muscles’ ability to use oxygen, and usually cardio exercises and endurance training can improve your oxygen consumption. In a study conducted at NCBI, it was found that with 5 weeks of HIIT workout, the oxygen consumption was improved by 9%. High-intensity interval training can improve oxygen consumption as much as the traditional training, with half of the workout time required.
- Reduce Heart Rate and Blood Pressure: There have been several types of research that have shown that it can reduce heart rate and blood pressure in overweight and obese individuals. It was also shown that HIIT can reduce blood pressure more than the frequently recommended workouts. Although, the benefit of HIIT is not typically seen in normal-weight individuals with normal blood pressure.
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