We’re busy people. Between jobs, families, friends, pets, school and chores, there is often very little time-left over. What time there is feels precious and is not to be wasted.
Luckily, you don’t need to spend hours in the gym to reap the health benefits of working out. In fact, if you can put in just 20 minutes of hard work a day, you can make noticeable improvements to your fitness. Studies have shown that you can improve health markers such as blood pressure, body fat percentage and cholesterol levels and increase cardiovascular ability with serious bouts of high-intensity interval training.
HIIT is a training technique involving short bouts of intense, heart-pumping work followed by a period of rest. Intervals of hard work vary from a few seconds to a few minutes long. Recovery periods can last the same amount of time, if not longer, depending on heart rate and ability.
Can Anyone Do It?
HIIT is intense, no doubt about it. But every workout can be modified to take fitness level in to account. If you haven’t worked out in a long time, start off at a moderate pace and take a long recovery period. If you are a gym rat, shorten that recovery period and give it your all during your work-mode interval.
Besides the aforementioned efficiency of HIIT (you know you can fit in 20 minutes a few times a week!), there are a numerous benefits for the healthy-but-harried human.
Now that you know WHY you should be doing HIIT, here’s a few how’s:
Author Julia Hale