High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).
This a type of workout routine which balances sudden burst of intense activity with short intermittent resting periods. HIIT workouts blend together strengthening, toning and shredding in one routine. The diversity of these workouts produce a number of benefits for you. Here are a few:
Perfect for busy lifestyles
It is perfect for persons on the go. Some HIIT workouts can be as short as 15 minutes. This is a short period of time in comparison to the regular hour long workout routines at the gym or exercise class.
It burns calories fast
High intensity interval workouts can consume calories quickly. A 15 minute HIIT workout can burn more calories than a 15 minute run. A 15 minute run, travelling at the average jogging pace of 6-8 mph, can burn 150 calories. The calories burnt however will vary as the slower you move the less calories you burn. Some 15 minute HIIT workouts can burn up to 200 calories. In fact, some fitness trainers have developed HIIT workouts that burn up to 400 calories in 20 minutes.
The After Burn
After HIIT workouts your body must put in extra effort to recover and return to its resting state. During this recovery period, your body requires more Oxygen than normal and your metabolism is also increased. This is the reason why you continue to burn extra calories after your HIIT routine. Studies have shown that the after burn can last up to 3 days.
Shredding and Sculpting
The structure of HIIT workouts make them perfect for blasting fat and building muscle at the same time. Normally, steady-state exercises like walking or jogging tend to burn fat more so than build muscle. In some cases, persistent cardio routines like this may cause muscle loss. This is so because your muscles require intense exertion to build and tone rather than consistent engagement at a steady pace. HIIT does this by including a balance of challenging, strengthening exercises and sudden bursts of cardio with very short resting periods.
Equipment is not a necessity
HIIT workouts do not have to include fancy pieces of equipment that will require you to take a trip to the gym or to the store. Your HIIT routine can incorporate intense exercises such as jump squats, high knees and jumping lounges; none of which require equipment.
If you are not a routine type of person and repetitive exercises bore you, then HIIT may get you excited. HIIT is short and straight to the point. You put every ounce of effort you have into a 20 minute routine with many different intervals and then let the after burn do the rest of the work.