What is HIIT?
Everything you need to know about high intensity interval training (HIIT)
What is HIIT?
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training, and this is just another form of exercise. Difference is that in this type of training you are trying to give all you have in short time with alternation between super intense anaerobic periods and slower/less intensive recovery periods. This will make your workout shorter and more efficient.
It is said that first part should be done at almost max effort while other part (slower/recovery) should be performed at about 50%.
Who should do HIIT?
If you are a beginner or you didn’t workout for quite some time now, than you should avoid performing HIIT before you achieve a good base level of fitness. To make this shorter let us just say that HIIT is suitable for people who are in good health and workout on a regular basis.
What are the benefits of HIIT?
- You can get fitter in less time – Studies found that by performing HIIT you get all the fitness and health benefits of steady state endurance cardio in just a fraction of the time.
- Your metabolism gets supercharged – A study found that just 180 seconds of intense workout will boost your metabolic rate and will help you burn more calories over the next 24 hours.
- You get smarter by performing HIIT – Another study found that regular HIIT workouts will boost your brain oxygenation, which is resulted as better “brain performance”.
How much HIIT should you do?
There are some things you could say “more is better”, but this is not one of those things. Thanks to very intense nature of HIIT, you should avoid doing more than 3 sessions per week.