Are you always short on time, and do your workouts suffer from this because of that? Well, then you should definitely keep on reading because HIIT is something for you.
HIIT training, or high-intensity interval training, is something that is gaining a lot of popularity lately. That is great but it is important to understand how it works, otherwise, you will not see the results you are looking for.
Before you start any form of HIIT training understand that this is not something for beginners, it is very taxing for your body and should not be done by those who are not in good health.
The Benefits of HIIT Workouts
Naturally, there is a reason why high-intensity interval training have gained so much attention and popularity over the past few years. There are a lot of benefits to be gained from it, and it can be a very convenient type of workout!
A big reason why people love it so much is because it can be done quickly, you can get in a good HIIT workout in just 30 minutes or less! So busy people have no excuse anymore to skip the gym!
And you don’t even have to go to the gym at all, there are so many different exercises and workouts that can be done anywhere without any equipment. I’ll talk about this a little later in the post.
The Downside of HIIT Workouts
This all sounds great, but there are a few things that you need to keep in mind when you are starting high-intensity interval training.
HIIT is a very intense (hint the name high-intensity) type of workout. Beginners might not be able to perform all exercises or keep up with the speeds that is required for this. This can lead to injuries and overtraining, to avoid this you can first begin with a slow type of workout like steady state cardio to increase your stamina.
Next, to that, it is very demanding on your body, so it can’t be done often in the week. Again for beginners, I’d suggest to do it maximal 2-3 times a week. If you are a more advanced trainer you can up this, but always listen to your body!
HIIT Training For Fat Loss
There is (sadly) not one magical workout you can do to lose fat, not even HIIT can make you lose fat. However, it can definitely help you with it.
This is because fat loss is all about a calorie deficit, and this means that you consume fewer calories than you burn on a daily basis. The easiest way to achieve this calorie deficit is by your nutrition.
Luckily this doesn’t mean that HIIT is completely useless for your fat loss journey, it can definitely help you as I said before. Because HIIT training is so intense and increases your heart rate it will help you burn more calories.
These burned calories will help you get in a bigger calorie deficit and lose more fat. Or it can allow you to eat more while still losing fat and staying in the same calorie deficit.
So, keep in mind that high-intensity interval training is not the magical answer to fat loss. It will help you, just like any other type of exercise! (x)
HIIT Workouts at Home
HIIT is a great way to exercise, not only because it gets your heart rate up. Also because of the fact that it can be done without equipment and anywhere.
Simple exercises for a great HIIT workout are jumping jacks, burpees, high knees, and mountain climbers. Combine these and perform them in a circuit workout and you already have your training done for the day.
This is just one of the reasons why HIIT training has gained so much popularity.
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