Looking to switch up your exercise routine and lose weight? High-intensity interval training (HIIT) might be the answer to reach your goal.
What is HIIT?
In a HIIT workout, you alternate from high-intensity and moderate-intensity movements. This combination can improve your heart health and overall fitness. It has become increasingly popular because it offers these benefits:
- Metabolism booster. HIIT increases metabolism and helps burn fat during a workout. While several hours after the workout, your body continues to keep burning calories.
- Boredom buster. Changing things up during a workout can keep you motivated. This is a great way to help you enjoy what you’re doing.
- Time saver. With HIIT you won’t have to work out as long. Interval training burns more calories and fat in less time. One minute of extreme-intensity exercise equals two minutes of moderate-intensity exercise.
Anyone can add interval training to their fitness routine. Sessions can be very basic or more intense, depending on your fitness level and goals. How much you pick up the pace, how often and for how long is up to you.
Increasing your activity level?
Before changing your workout routine, consult with your primary care provider.
Ready to give it a try?
Here are some suggestions for adding intervals to your walking or running workout:
- Beginners: Add short 30-60 second bursts of brisk walking every 2-4 minutes during your walk.
- Intermediate: During your fast walk mix with short intervals of jogging or jumping jacks.
- Experienced: Enhance your jog by adding some running intervals. Build up to increase the amount of time you spend running hard between jogging intervals.
Like to stick to your routine of moderate exercise? You’ll reap lots of health benefits too, according to recent UVA research.
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