Have You Heard of HIIT?
By Lenny & Larry's. Posted on May 11, 2018.
When it comes to weight loss, a lot of people turn to traditional steady state cardio to lose the pounds, but unfortunately a lot of people don’t understand that the weight they are losing is usually just water weight instead of fat loss. In addition, too much cardio can make you lose muscle instead of weight. Don’t get me wrong, cardio is great for building endurance, warming up and cooling down, building great heart health, and recovery from intense exercise, but for fat loss and faster results, HIIT is the way to go!
HIIT stands for high intensity interval training and involves brief, strenuous workout periods followed by periods of rest. The goal is to quickly raise your heart rate and then rest. Then repeat! An easy example of a round of HIIT is 30 seconds of sprinting followed by 30 seconds of walking. It’s always good to start with just a few rounds and build up from there. The best part is that HIIT is great for those who are short on time because just a few rounds can really give you a great workout.
HIIT is known to shed more pounds during a certain amount of time compared to steady state cardio. I’m sure you’re wondering how this is possible, but before getting technical, let me explain with an analogy. Let’s use two cars, Car A and Car B. You take Car A for a drive and drive 40mph for forty-five minutes. Afterwards, Car A would cool down quickly when you put it in park since its engine wasn’t working very hard. Now you take Car B and drive 80mph for 15 minutes. Car B would be scorching hot and the engine would take a considerable amount of time to cool down. As you can see, Car B takes longer to cool down, which means it was working harder.
Now picture yourself as Car B, and your metabolism is continuously burning calories! The more it runs, the more calories it will burn, and the more body fat it will shed. This is why HIIT is so popular. Instead of spending loads of time doing cardio, you can achieve the same results in less time with HIIT! And the reason you will continue to burn calories longer with HIIT is due to excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, which is abbreviated as EPOC. After a strenuous workout, your body needs extra oxygen to bring your body back to homeostasis, and also burns calories during this process.
HIIT has so many great benefits. It can help you lose fat while preserving muscle and improve heart health. It’s super challenging and fun and doesn’t require much time or equipment. Just remember though, HIIT is supposed to exhaust the body so if you are not challenged or exhausted after a session, it’s possible you didn’t push yourself hard enough. Now of course, if you are a beginner, remember to pace yourself or you will get injured. Lastly, HIIT is not an everyday type of routine due to the intense exercise you perform. If you are a beginner, only perform 1-2 sessions a week and if you are more advanced, then 3 is optimal with at least one rest day in between. Now go try a HIIT workout and feel the difference for yourself!