When looking for a quick way to achieve weight loss results, High Intensity Interval Training may be just what you need. A lot of people get used to the idea that in order to lose weight they need to spend hours upon hours on a treadmill getting all the cardio they can get. In actuality, you can achieve those results in about half the time by switching your cardio routine up a bit. High Intensity Interval Training, also known as HIIT, has proven to give people the results they have been waiting for. We all know that making the time in a busy routine to exercise and stay fit can be tough. With our busy schedules, we try to squeeze in as much work out time as possible, but let's face it no one has time to spend hours on a treadmill.
High Intensity Interval Training is basically about getting all your cardio in shorter more intense workout sessions. This method can be used with running, biking, jumping rope, swimming, or even on the elliptical machine. For instance, instead of running at a steady pace for your entire workout, you would start with a warm up at a comfortable speed for about 5 minutes then switch to sprinting, anywhere from 15-45 seconds, then back down to a run run or walk to recover for 1-2 minutes. Alternating this pattern for 6-10 intervals and ending with a cool down. These HIIT sessions last under 20 minutes and you need to start off slow and increase your level as you feel comfortable. This is just an example of one way to use HIIT. Because this is a very intense way of burning fat, it is not recommended to do on a daily basis. It is better to keep HIIT in your workout schedule 2-3 days a week or on days in which you are not exercising all your energy weightlifting.
The difference between working out at a steady pace and using High Intensity Interval Training is that when you maintain a constant comfortable speed for a long distance workout, your body enters into its steady state. When in a steady state your body is trying to conserve energy and calories for the long duration of the run. When you start HIIT your body never gets the chance to enter this steady state, therefore never saving the energy or calories that you are trying to burn. Also with HIIT, your metabolism will be kicked in overdrive and you will burn calories long after your workout is over. This is due to HIIT stimulating a greater excess post exercise oxygen consumption or (EPOC). Your body needs oxygen to burn fat and with HIIT your body uses more oxygen after your workout which triggers the use of calories and fat burning.
Depending on what you are trying to achieve you may or may not want to try the High Intensity Interval Training method. If you are training for a marathon then you will want to stick to the lower intensity cardio training that prepares you for traveling long distances. Both methods can be used in order to achieve weight loss and fat burning, however, if you are trying to accomplish your cardio exercises quicker and with more intensity, then HIIT may work great for you. Just remember to always give your body the rest it needs between HIIT sessions to repair its self and prepare for the next workout.