How To Do An Interval Workout (HIIT)
Interval workouts are commonly referred to as HIIT workouts. HIIT stands for high intensity interval training. Due to the intensity of the workout being high, it takes a lot of effort which tires the body more quickly. These types of exercise routines are not meant to be done daily. If you are able to do them daily, odds are, your intensity is not as high as it should be. The intensity needs to be high for the most effective workout. Whether you are a runner, dabble in working out or are a gym member, adding intervals to your regular exercise routine is important. Why is it important you ask? Well interval training can help jumpstart the metabolism, increase fitness, decrease hours spent sweating and usually no extra equipment is needed.
Intervals are so great because it can help kick start the metabolism and sometimes allows the body to burn calories even after the workout. The workout involves changing the speed or intensity throughout, which keeps the body working. Greater muscle tone can be gained from working the muscles harder AND having more muscle mass leads to better fat burning potential and a leaner body.
Interval workouts are also great because they don't take long and are challenging enough to feel like the body worked hard. By varying the routine of a workout, the body has to work to stay physically challenged. Therefore, the change in activity allows different muscles to be used rather than moving the same way, which starts a pattern in the body and it doesn't have to work as hard. It's a lot like memorizing a recipe or the drive to work. It doesn't take as much effort to make a recipe or take the same route everyday, less thinking is involved.
Interval workouts are possible with most forms of exercise. Pick your go-to and add some changes in time and intensity, and you've got yourself a great HIIT workout. Being a runner, adding interval training to my runs is important for getting faster and stronger in races and longer distance runs.
I also love doing HIIT workouts that involve body weight moves like push-ups, planks, squats and burpees. Usually a set of exercises are picked out ahead of time and done for 20 seconds with a 10 second rest or 40 seconds with 20 seconds of rest. These type of exercises are also quick (20-30 minute sessions) and are whole body toning and strengthening. Here is one of my all time favorite HIIT workouts. I also have a spinning and traveling interval workout (click on the word for the workout). If you still want a few more interval workout ideas, search my blog. I have a bunch more!
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