Like many parts of the country, Charlotte, North Carolina had a brutal winter. As a result of this, I was unable to exercise outside, so I brought my workout inside. I purchased a couple of exercise DVDs that featured high-intensity interval training workouts. I have been doing high intensity interval training, or HIIT workouts for the past four months.
HIIT training is a method of training that involves the alternating of periods of very intense exercise with lower-intensity exercise. Sprinting at a speed of 30 seconds, jogging at a slow speed for one minute and repeating this cycle for 20 minutes is an example of interval training. Short periods of rest are allowed.
I love HIIT workouts because they have helped keep the winter weight gain to a minimum. They also give me the boost that I need to get through the day. I would recommend HIIT training to anyone who is looking for an efficient way to workout. Below are some of the benefits that can be reaped from HIIT training:
Many people do not have the time to spend 60 minutes working out. That is why HIIT training is ideal for people who are very busy. You can get a great workout in less than 20 minutes. Furthermore, you will burn more fat and calories during a HIIT workout than you would during a standard workout. I prefer shorter, more intense workouts over longer workouts that are less intense.
Increase Your Metabolism
One of the reasons that I was able to maintain my weight during the winter months was because HIIT training helped increased my metabolism. It also helps stimulate the production of human growth hormone. Human growth hormone, or HGH, helps increase the number of calories that your body burns while at rest.
HIIT training is very intense. You will most likely be breathless during the workout. However, it is important to note that you cannot get results with exercise unless you push yourself past your comfort zone.
No Need For Equipment
You do not need any equipment for HIIT training. In fact, many fitness experts believe that the use of resistance bands and dumbbells can actually make the workout less effective.