High intensity interval trainings (or HIIT for short) has its benefits, including the ability to burn more fat and calories, and breaking a huge sweat at the same time. You can also get more stamina over time and improve your cardiovascular health, which makes intense training a must for everyone’s workout routine. A good starter workout can be something like running as fast as your legs can carry you for 1 minute and then walking for 2 minutes. It might sound too simple to be true, but science says it is. Simple.
But, before going further with the benefits of this type of workout routine, remember some key things:
- Your interval workout has to “kill you” within 10 to 30 minutes, as you’ll burn the most calories after it.
- The harder segments of your workout should last from 10 to 40 seconds, where the easy parts shouldn’t last more than double of your hard parts. That means if you’re doing an exercise as fast as you can for the hard parts, make sure not to rest more than double the amount of time where you’re doing the easy part.
- Do intense workouts only 3 to 4 times a week.
- Always push yourself to try and beat your previous workout’s results. Give that 1 percent you failed to give that previous day.
Now, intense training is great for its efficiency (it’s ideal for someone with a busy schedule), it burns more fat (the amount of calories you’ve burnt can’t even compare with what you’ll burn after running), it mostly doesn’t require equipment (no dumbbells, mats, bikes…), you can do it anywhere and adapt it to any time constraints, and it’s challenging. You might be in pain, but you surely won’t be bored after a good intense workout!