What is HIIT?
High Interval Intensity Training
High Interval Intensity Training (or HIIT) has been shown by researchers to be an effective way to both lose weight fast and get fit.
HIIT sessions are quick, fast-paced sessions that suit busy people who don’t have the time to work out the old fashioned way. HIIT workouts can be done from home, at the gym, in a park or with minimal exercise equipment.
Do HIIT Sessions Work?
In a 2008 study, researchers found that 2.5 hours of sprint interval training was as effective as 10.5 hours of traditional endurance training.
How does HIIT work?
High-intensity training immediately boosts your metabolism and maintains that metabolism boost for 24-36 hours after a session. These metabolism boosts occurred while working out for as little as three hours per week.
What is the Structure of a HIIT session?
As a general guide your HIIT session will include the following:
- High-intensity exercise followed by medium intensity exercise (e.g. 40 seconds of sprinting followed by 20 seconds of jogging)
- Repeated bouts of the high-intensity exercise at set intervals.
What are the Benefits of HIIT?
HIIT has many benefits including:
- improved general cardiovascular conditioning,
- promotes power and explosive output
- metabolism boost, and
- burns fat.
You should always consult your doctor or healthcare professional prior to undertaking HIIT. Due to HIIT being very high intensity, it does involve exercising at high heart rate and blood pressure levels, which does stress your cardiovascular system.
As with all new exercise participants, check with your doctor to see if it is safe for you to perform and benefit from HIIT training.