HIIT is one of my top choices when it comes to training, done correctly it is SHORT, SHARP & INTENSE. These workouts are effective, fun, and time efficient for busy people. I LOVE them!
There are so many benefits to your health and body and there are many ways you can do a HIIT workout (checkout one of my personal workouts below). You don’t even need a conventional gym to complete it, actually it is perfect for the gym, home, park or hotel room for those of you travelling!
So what exactly is HIIT?
High Intensity Interval Training is a training modality that requires you to give it your all, 100%+ effort for short, sharp and intense bursts, which are then followed by short recovery periods. This type of workout essentially keeps your heart rate up at a certain level, which in turn results in multiple benefits.
One of the more well known benefits of HIIT is an increased metabolism – Fat blasting! Yep, it burns more fat in a shorter period of time; “you get more bang for your buck!”
But, how does this happen you ask?
Simply put, HIIT workouts will increase your bodies need for oxygen, there is an oxygen shortage, which results in your body requiring more oxygen during your recovery period. This is known as EPOC (Excess POST Exercise Oxygen Consumption) and it is the reason HIIT workouts are Fat burners and calorie torchers. You will generally not achieve the same result through steady state and aerobic cardio workouts.
According to several studies and the World Health Organisation “HIIT reverses certain manifestations of the aging process within the human body’s protein function”. It can activate a well-known anti-aging enzyme, telomerase; the results of which include the following benefits:
- Firmer skin ie. less wrinkles
- Increased energy level
- Improved libido
- Increased metabolism
- Better Muscle Tone
- Burns Fat & Reduces Body Fat Overall
Ummmmm…. do I hear anyone saying they DON’T want to feel and look younger??? I didn’t think so!
So now you have more than enough reasons to add some HIIT to your workouts… Go ahead and try out one of my “do anywhere” HIIT Workouts… it’s EFFECTIVE, EFFICIENT & FUN … 20 mins is all you need for this metabolism booster!
20 Minute HIIT Workout
- 20 x Star Jumps
- 20 x Seconds Chair Sprints (sit on the edge of a chair and use your arms and legs to sprint – try it, you may just be surprised at how effective it is to get your heart rate up)
- 20 x Body Weight Squats alternating width
- 20 x Hand release Push-ups
- 20 x Mountain Climbers
- 30 x Seconds Skipping
- 60 x Second Rest
- Repeat 3-5 rounds of the circuit