HIIT, or High intensity interval training, is defined as short, intense bursts of physical activity followed by intervals of short rests. This type of intense workout has been known to burn calories at a higher rate, even up to 48-72 hours after activity. HIIT workouts can also increase metabolism, reduce insulin resistance and improve cardiac function allowing you to HIIT your fitness goals faster.
The beauty of a HIIT workout is it can be done anywhere, anytime and there is no need for equipment, although it’s always great to incorporate weights into your training. It is important to note that in order to properly heal the body between these intense sessions, it’s recommended to only perform a HIIT style workout every 48 hours or so in order to give your body enough time to recover.
Why HIIT works for all fitness levels
HIIT workouts can be scaled for all fitness levels, including people with various medical conditions. Because the work periods are performed at 80%-90% of your individual estimated max heart rate, it’s easy to tailor each session to your own needs. If you are new to exercise, it’s important to start at your own level and gradually build up to a higher intensity. The personal trainers at Bootique San Diego will help guide your workout safely based on your personal fitness. These skilled female personal trainers have worked with women of all shapes, sizes and ability and are experts in enhancing physical performance, fitness health and quality of life.
No more excuses
Lack of time is a common excuse for folks to avoid exercise, but with HIIT, there are no more excuses. Since you are going your hardest in short bursts, HIIT sessions take less time and your workout is over before you know it, allowing you to get back to your busy day. The ability to set aside just a few minutes for your workout helps you adhere to your exercise plan and reach your goals faster.
Studies show that short bursts of exercise produce more fat loss then “steady state” exercise, like jogging on the treadmill for an hour, building more muscle and improving cardiovascular function. It also increases your metabolism, even at rest, so those calories keep burning after your workout ends. As time goes by, you will see your ability level increase as your body adapts, getting leaner, tighter and stronger.