Do you feel like you are spinning your wheels with your current workouts? Are you not getting the results you would like to see with your cardio workouts? Don’t fret there is a solution. It comes in the form of HIIT training also known as high intensity interval training. Why HIIT cardio? Simply put, it burns more fat than traditional cardio. As crazy as it sounds, you can burn more fat doing less cardio.
What the heck is HIIT training? It is just a little different than traditional cardio. With traditional cardio your body stays in a steady pace. HIIT cardio consists of short intense periods of anaerobic exercise followed by less intense periods of recovery.
Most common HIIT workouts have a 2:1 ratio of work followed with rest periods. For example, go 30-40 seconds running in place or hard sprinting, followed by 15-20 seconds of walking or jogging: for the more advanced go 1 sprint hard for 1 minute, then go 30 seconds of walking. Doing HIIT can help improve glucose breakdown, fat burning, and athletic condition. If you want to be a better athlete than your friends give it a try.
One of the best benefits of HIIT training is that you can get a great workout in less time. If you can spare 10 to 20 minutes into your busy schedule you can get an effective workout in. That blows away the excuse, I’m too busy to workout, I don’t have time.” HIIT is a great way to get maximum results in a shorter period of time.
Okay so we have discussed what HIIT actually is, what now?
If you are a beginner tread softly while building up your cardio. You don’t want to jump into a very intense workout when you are out of shape. You have to crawl before you walk.
Here are a couple of sample workouts to try.
Don’t forget to warm up before you get going. Unless getting an injury is fun for you.
Start out on a treadmill and do your first interval. No treadmill, no worries. No gym membership, no worries. Just run in place. Sprint for 30-40 seconds, and then slow to a jogging or walking pace. Do about 6 intervals during your workout.
Get creative with your workouts. If you have access to some bleachers, run up and down them instead or running on a treadmill or in place. Make fitness fun so you don’t get bored
You have options. If you don’t have access to some bleachers or a treadmill, get an old fashioned jump rope. Start by jumping rope for a minute, then resting for 30 seconds. Continue for about 10 to 20 minutes. When you get done you will be in burn mode big time.
This is a cheap option to do at home and even with the family if you want to.
If you like lifting weights you can incorporate them into your HIIT workouts to get your results into hyper drive.
Well you are informed on what HIIT training is and you have a few options on workouts to try. Get out there and burn some calories. Remember HIIT cardio burns more fat than traditional cardio. Get rid of that stubborn belly fat. If you have a pair of pants in your closet that you would like to wear but can’t, do some HIIT cardio to fit in them. Take your fat loss and athletic ability up a notch. Why are you still sitting there? Get up and get moving!