Let’s be real: behind all those gym memberships, all those FitBits, all those spin classes, is a person who desperately wants to be sitting in their bed shoving pizza and gelato in their faces.
Well, HIIT (High Intensity Training) can cut your workout in half while being just as effective and – dare I say it – FUN.
HIIT involves alternating between intense workout periods that boost your heart rate and rest periods of recovery. This type of workout can easily be modified to accommodate any fitness level and any location. For instance, you can train on a treadmill, on an elliptical, on a bike, or even along the Tiber River.
HIIT is far more efficient than traditional workouts, meaning you can cut your gym time in half, and adding variety to your exercise routine will make the time fly.
HIIT is incredibly efficient. According to the American College of Sports Medicine (2011), a mere two weeks of HIIT boosts your aerobic capacity as much as 6-8 weeks of traditional workouts. In other words, 15 minutes of HIIT will improve your fitness as much as running for one long hour on the treadmill.
How is this possible?
Well, HIIT helps you to lose weight as opposed to muscle, which is what you lose during steady cardio routines. It also boosts your body’s production of HGH (human growth hormone) by up to 450% in the 24 hours AFTER your HIIT workout, so you will keep burning off those calories even after the workout is over.
Your HIIT program will be over before you know it. The variety involved will distract you from the hard work you are actually doing. You will find that you no longer try to control the distance or the time on the treadmill with your brain because you are so focused on sticking to the quick changes in the HIIT program.
As if HIIT isn’t good enough already…. Fitness professionals advise that people only do HIIT 3-4 times per week because it is so intense.
You body will thank you, and so will your wallet when you quit signing up for traditional workout classes.
Go ahead – give HIIT a shot! If anything, it’s another way to justify all that gelato. 🙂
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Also: Check out Kayla Itsine’s E-Book.