Many people prefer high intensity interval training (HIIT), but why? Why is high intensity interval training such a rapidly increasing trend? Maybe it has something to do with how efficient it is in such a small amount of time or possibly because it requires no equipment and can be done anywhere. High intensity interval training also has other good overall health benefits such as a rapid production of the human growth hormone (HGH) and it is proven to be super heart healthy.
High intensity interval training is one of the most efficient exercises that you can do. It is perfect for people with a busy schedule and people who have to work out on the go. High intensity interval training is defined as any workout that alternates between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less intense activity or rest. A good example of high intensity interval training is running as fast as you can for one minute, then walking for two minutes, and repeat. Doing this three minute interval five times for a total of 15 minutes is an easy way to get a good fat burning workout.
High intensity interval training causes you to burn more fat and calories than any other exercise. It is a fact that you burn more fat and calories in 24 hours after a high intensity interval training workout then you do after a steady pace run. High intensity interval training requires no equipment at all, in fact sometimes equipment such as dumbbells can make your HIIT workout less effective. When doing high intensity interval training you lose fat, not muscle. It’s been shown that steady cardio such as jogging makes you lose muscle mass along with fat. Whereas high intensity interval training, like weight training, allows people to preserve their muscle mass while ensuring that most of the weight loss comes from fat storage.
High intensity interval training has other added health benefits such as heart health. HIIT has been shown to push your heart to the max, and helps endurance. In a study on high intensity interval training, subjects participated in eight weeks of HIIT workouts, afterwards they were able to bicycle twice as long as they could before the study. Rowing, jump roping, biking, running, and swimming are all great for HIIT. Another added health benefit is the rapid increase of the human growth hormone (HGH) production. HIIT stimulates the production of your HGH by up to 450 percent during the 24 hours after you finish your workout. HGH is responsible for increased calorie burn as well as slowing down the aging process.
There are many reasons why high intensity interval training is the king of exercise, although efficiency is the number one reason. Max effort for a short period of time followed by recovery period and repeat. It is simple, convenient, and requires only you. High intensity interval training helps you to increase your metabolism and fat burning over all.