What is HIIT?
The High Intensity Interval Training is a way of workout based on an interval training and an exercise strategy. The effectivity of this method lies in alternate periods of short, intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods.
HIIT allows the body burn up to 200 calories in just two and a half minutes of high intensity exercise in one day, according to a study by the University of Colorado. HIIT turns our metabolism in a fat burning furnace up to 48 hrs after completing the training because the body needs to consume more energy.
Why you should try a HIIT workout?
Because of its many advantages, we have joined for you 8 reasons to love HIIT:
1. It's 100% Adaptable
This HIIT methodology can be adapted to any cardiovascular exercise as swimming, running, jumping, elliptical, cycling.
2. It's dynamic
As you can apply this methodology to any type of exercise there is no option to fall into routine. Also this type of training is known because is effective, it helps to get results with little training time.
3. Promotes fat loss
The effects of the hard work from HIIT actually kick your body’s repair cycle into hyperdrive mode—meaning you actually continue to burn fat in the 24 hours after HIIT, not just during the workout.
4. Burns more calories
With HIIT you can burn nine times more calories with 4 minutes of high intensity exercise than with a conventional of 40 minutes. Why? Although at first the immediate burning is higher in the case of conventional training -more than twice the calories during activity-, HIIT gets to be higher if we take as reference a period of 24 hours.
To be more precise, the American College of Sports Medicine says caloric expenditure within 2h after exercise rises between 6% and 15%.
5. It's simple
Even if you don’t have access to a gym or equipment at home, or if you work a lot, you can practise HIIT.
6. Benefits metabolism
A metabolic benefit of HIIT is excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). After an exercise session, oxygen consumption (and thus caloric expenditure) remains elevated as the working muscle cells restore physiological and metabolic factors in the cell to pre-exercise levels. This translates into higher and longer calorie burning after exercise has stopped.
7. Promotes muscular capacity
This method is generally thought to have less of an effect on muscle oxidative capacity, substrate utilisation and endurance performance. Also it contributes in a positive way on muscle buffering capacity.
8. Cares heart
Finally, we love HIIT because it takes care of the most important organ of the human body: the heart. It increases cardiac muscle mass, left-ventricle dilation and chamber volume.